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jice Mk 



, ^jm * UNITED • crUVERNMENT 



TO 



Director., FBI 



FROM : i^^^p Atlantg^ 

SUBJECT: DOIAfi) EBeSeST, waso 
iNMilAL SECURITI - C 
(Bufile lOOp-20396). 




DATE: February 2Q^ 1950 



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Rebulet 12/28/49. 

From a review of the Atlanta file on tMB case, it is npt believed 
S DOHAID lEE. VJEST can presently be consxdereci as a ^5^^ figure 
Slhe^^unist organisation. Ac^Di'dingLy hxs name xs bea^ig re- 
iSved from the key figure list in the Atlanta of fxce,. 

is still being carried as a security index subject in. this 
office^ 



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THIS CASE ORIGINATIEO AT 



ATLANTA 



BUREAU OF INVESilGATION 

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REPORT MADE AT 



ATLANTA,. GEORGIA 



DATE WHEN 
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PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE 

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REPORT MADE BV 



JOSEPH C . HOLMES 



CHARACTER OT CA8I 



D03<rAIB LEE WEST,- was.. 




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SYNOPSIS OP FACTS: 




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^ neighbor af DON WES:i\ 

advised -he knows of no Communist abtivi% 
on part of YfESTo. Suhjecrb^s main so\xrce <^ 
income for past ti?ro years believed to havd 
been received under canceled tjeaching 
contract from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta,. 
Ga,^ Additional investigation Douglasviile, . 
G,a,, - failed to reveal that TffiST is taking 
any active part in Coimnunist Party affairs* 
Ts/'/o articles Vv'ritten by WEST and published 
in 1949 by the Southern Parmer Jfegazine, 
Montgomery,, Ala«, reviev/ed» 

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AT ATLANTA, GEORGIA; 



Special Ag ent 



interviewed 



Douglasville, Georgia, a neighbor of 




DONALD LEE WEST. 



Mr. 



linformg^ that WMU\ LEE VffiS'T has visited 

at his home on numerous 
nrff^ff <jions and is rather friendly mth him » ' However, 



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said that he has never heard WEST say or do anything 
which indicates that he is actively engaged in any 
Communists activities* 

Confidential Informant T-1, of known reliability, 
advised that DONALD LEE WEST opened a bank account 
in ^Douglasville, Georgia, in July^ 1948., and closed 



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the' account .cmt.'-in •Septeniber,^>,.X&49e . He informed that he believes 
WEST' 'now has an ac'cOuriVa-t an Austell, Georgia, hank* .He Tfiuacnished 
information .indicating that WSSf?S./average Balance during that; time 
was. aro\md $^0p^o6,. and that- he fri^guently deposited c*heck4 of 
approximately |E90*60 once a month,'' whTch were written by Oglethorpe 
Uhiveirsity, .Atlanta, Georgia*. 

T-1 advised that after -having read the newspaper account 
of WEST^S dismissal from Oglethrorpe 'University he assumed that 
WEST had held a pohtrac^ with ^he university an^ that the university 
was obligated to pay him his/ salary during the period of the contract* 

Confidential Inf drmant T-2 , of known reliability, advised ^ 
that ^he has been, in .contact with^DONAto lEB .TiVES.T frequently during 
the' past' eighteen months and that WEST apparently is living a qfuiet 
life on his farm* He informed that WEST has recently been to 
Fernandina, Florida, to .visit his wife. 

T*l stated that VfEST apparently has very few visi^iors 
and spends most, of* his time either working on his farm or in writingv^ 

Sheriffi'mC'ABERCRGIffilE, Douglas County, Doug la svi lie,. 
Geprgia, adviseci that individuals in the vicinity of WEST^S farm 
state suboect leads a quiet life and has very few visitors 

AT ,MOMTaOIiE)RY,. ALaBAMA; 

Special Agent SPENCER *H# ROBH reviewed the 1949' issues of 
the Southern:.. Parmer magazine "in the . Library of the State Department^ 
nf Archives and; History, MGntgomery,, Alabama <> This r^yiew ref^lected' 
in the ^ptemb.er, " 1949',.. issue ,^ 'an' articlg entxtleiMi^ Roots, PJ'e|^^.r 
by D^-1^f&ST»^ Klis- article was four full ■coj.umna^?^^ - s 

dealt with the., fedriessness of- a preacher,, CHimiiZ^ Dalton'i . 

^G'eorgia.^; in his apprpach^td thq racial -situation*-' The... article prais^^ 
BHATTiv'who is- a- pastor pi", the C of Gnd 'of the -Union Assembly at \ 

Dalton ^for preaching and, -teatching -eqaa^^ of all men regardless of ,k , 
race or religion, .and further-piralsd^. him .for being, unafraid for being' - 
Cfalled a,C,rmmuntst, as has 't^'en* done in the past^ 

The^ November, 1949;:,lssue' o'f- the .Southern Farmer contains 
-an- article: entitled '^Qne Georgia Hill Parmer"^ by DOH*VfflSr,> ^This 
article tells of the sttcceiss -of 'one/ ASBBRRY M,., McGLAMERY, .Route 5p 




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Blairsville^ Georgia, in farmings This three column' article ended 
on the note that McGLMSRY realizes his success is due to cooperation 
and Unity;- that if he is to survive,- he niust organize for united 
planning' and actxon; that thei-e. must be greater -cooperation and 
unity bet^-een the; small farmer and city industrial worker^ 

These two articles were the only ^nes vjritten by subject 
appearing in- the 1949' issues of the Southern Farmer* 



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C ONFIDEN.TIA]L. INFORMAlilTS 



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Douglasvil-le;, .Georgia. . 



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Douglasv-iiie, ueorgia. 



REFERENCEj Bureau File 100-20396. 

Report of Sk JOSEPH C;.. H6MES.>...12-:1,2-4'9-; Atlanta. 
Atlanta letter to' Direct orj^, 2-2P-50» 
Mobile letter to Atlanta, -2r22-50, 



STANDARD FORM NO, 6* 



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Dixector ,. FBI 
SAC, Atlanta 




UiSriTED $TAi"£ns XjOYERNMENT 

DATE: August U, 1950 



DOJALD LEE TiJEST, iras., Dcaa Lee West,; 

sEcuiirrrmTTEa - ^ 

Eenylet 7-27-^^0 to Chicago. 

Further informatioix received to the effect thjt si* ject 
is working for an organization i^pse vmf> believed to be the 
4g?^amers Workers Prograa,« ^th ^^^^^^Jf ^^J^^g^^^^^^^ 
fhe purpose of this organization was t° Pf.'^S.?^ 
childr^of migratory farmers ttooughout the mted Stjt^s, _ 

iS^Sfis reported^ inaking ""Z.t^^- sT^ct 

eiinse accost. As noted ij W P^.^^j^ ^'Sltf ?27 
hrf requested that his mail be foywarded to E9om 839, 127 Mortja 
Dearborn Street, Chicago 2, Illinois* 




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;ox KnoTta reliability, advised that liEST is 
t raveling throughout the laiddle If^st in this present posxtioa* 

New York and Chicago ^e requested to verif^' ep5)loymenfe 
and address of subject. 

•WEST is carried^ as a security index Subaeot in «ie 
Atlanta Division* 



Qcs Nevr York 
Chicago 

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STAti^ARD FORM'NO. 64 



(ffl^ ATJTOIiilTIC MCLASSIFICATIOH GUIDE^^t '^-^ J 

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Office NLemofanduM united states government 



•• piRBOTCEj FBI 



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' £ FROl^^"SAG, ■CHICAGO 

SUBJECT: BONAID lEE TillEST, Jfes. , 
Don Lee^lTest, Db^feistj 

SECURITY SiATTER - G 




DATE^ August 22, 1950 



Re Atl^ta letter to Chicago dated July 27, .19S0j Atlanta letter to 
DiMctor dated August 4, 1950. 

The captioned subject is a Security Index subject in the Atlanta 
Division* 



Chicago, 

aavxsea on august a, xybu, tnat rocias bi^y ana 858^ in that building 
are occupied by the Home IBLssiohs Council of North Atoeidca, a 
religious charity organization which: has been at this address for 
about one year* This organization^ has its headquarters aii New 
York, New lork, and the district office for apprcocimately six 
or seven, inidvyggtern stateff is is Chicago. ?:tt Nc?rth Dearborn 



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of the Chicago 



ha doQs not knov/ the subject 

1 and two or three 

girls are the only employees working in tihe Home Missions Council 
of North America office at 127 North Dearborn Street • 

A pretext telephone call on August 8, 1950,, to an unidentified 
person at Central 6-1165, listed to the Home Missions Council of 
North Merica, 127 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, revealed that 
Reverend DONAID L*. lEST and his family left Chicago for Florida 
where he will stay until September, 1950* This unidentified person 
did not know the name of the tovm in Florida to i^ich subject was 
going* la September the subject will return to Chicago for one 
month but will not remain here permanently; he will then travel ' 
to Texas where he will spend the winter; he is working as a 
traveling representative of the Home Mission Council of North 
America and he will be traveling a grea1> deal> mainly along the 
Texas-Kexico border and particularly around Bro?msville, Texas* 

WHMlESHCPtSfOTHERWISE. Date of Review ''^^^^^ 



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Hew York (Info) INDFXFn 
EL Paso (Info)^ ^^^^^ " 






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Letter, DIRECTOR^ FBI 




DONALD LEE WEST, Was. 
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-^llowiiig inf Gdraaation was furnished |gjr- Confidential Informant 



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the 'Loaisville Division as ref leoj^Sd lii the report of 



SA G,: J» CGILE at Louisville, Kentucky, dated IPehm^xj 11, 1942, 
and entitled "Goimaunxst Activities in the State of Kentucky - 
Internal Sectirity 0*^ : j ' 

Iiiformarit stated that at a Gdramunist Party branch meeting at 212 
'WeSt/Eront Street, Wev^port, Kentucky,' on Januaiy 25, 1942, 

fii eonmiuiiist Party jmegbe^ talked of a BON IEST, a 



Comnluiiist Party organxaer^and. minister,, who iwas arrested in ^^bout 
1938 in Bell County, Kentucky, charged with using the church in 
ah attempt ta overthrow the United States Governmentj We)5t had been, 
arrested by local police and was released. In 19S8 WEST and another 
minister had seven churches between^ them in Butleiiilimrrty* WEST 



was from a union school in Amelia, Arkansas, and 



about 19S4 at a f^nnnfli-i.gH 
ral,1v WFiST fiDokflJ 



saw him in 



Party members * 



rally in Lexington, Ken-GucKy, at which 
stated,, according to inf orji 

:ent to this rally and thej 

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The Ai^st 25, 1945, issue of the«Chicagp Sun", a Chicago daily- 
newspaper, carried an announcement of a revival every, night at 
8; GO, PM, except Saturday and Sunday, from August 20 through August 
•31, 1945, sponscxred by the Chicago ^Council <>f Applie^eligion, 
176 West Adams Street, Chicago, Rooa 935 • I^ju-BQIi^fl^L*. 
Superintendent of Schbols, iDula, Georgia, was listed as one of 
the evang0lists. of the Peoples Institute of Applied Religion 
scheduled to speak* 

The Peoples Institute of Applied Religion has been cited as a 
subversive and Communist orgaiiization hy the United States 
Attorney General • 

The February 3, 1945, issue of the « Chicago S\m» reflected that 
the Chicago Council- of applied Religion was organised In Chicago 
on Fetouary 1, 1945, ,as ^ branch oi' the Peoples Instituie d£f 
Applied Religion* • 



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Letter, DIRBGTCB, FBI 




BOmm LEE.-WEST,. Was, 
•SECURITY MTTER' - G ' 



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.xaJGO 56 52 > of kno9m reliability, adM^sieH thW he learned froii| 

],of the Abrahara Idncoln School on January 27^. 1947, that a 



'^oup of western -writers, paclmarily of short stories and poetry, 
were disgusted ydih the "Nesa* lasses" magazine because th^ did not 
think that this magazine was a truly literary magazine* This group, 
according to the informant, would like to start a new magazine, a 
monthly, that would consist chiefly of short, stcxries, poetry and 
articles or music. According to this :>3:Mormant^^ bne BON TOST 
was going to enter this group as^^sdon as ^he^was 'out>»'Of a "current 
jam«# 3j3f ormant could fi^rnia^h no further fiif ormation as to the 
"currentr 3amttHWESI^3wa^.%iin^ 

The - Abrahaia lancoln School has been designated a Camsunist 
organization ty the United States Attorney General* 

The Special Committee on Un-American Activities, United States 
House of Representatives, in its report dated J&rch 29, 1944, pages 
48 and 75, cited the "New Ifasses"' as £ational3y circulated weekly 
journal of this Gommi&ist Party* 



IxK 1945,, 

c onfidexitial and wa§I 

ResflttiTftrSr rfifridinp' ,at 

SA fehaT^ 



whn fflmrested her identity be kept 
lof thfl Rrfithrfln Ministry to 



^advised 

pme Missions Council of North America 



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Mmi neaaquarGers xn New Yoric, m^de up mostly of Protestant Church 
orgariizations-, was sponsoring; local conferences with reference to 
Japanese resettlement and this organization plamed to hold a 
conference on this topic in Chicago on June 1, 1945# 

The indice s of the Chicago Division fai led to reflect any "information 
conceririLng 



A Copy of this letter ^s being furnished to New York inasmudi as the 
New York Pivigion has an outstanding lead in this case> 

A- co|3y' of this letter is being furxdshed to EL Paso inasmuch as further 
$n*e:st-$g'ation might be requested concerning the subject at Brownsville, 
by the Atlanjsa Division.. .RUC'#' 



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STANDARD FORM NO, 64, 




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CLASSIFICATION AlMOEJIi" DERIVED Fl 
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El jPaso 



^ UNITED STATES GpVERNMENT 

DATE: August 25, 1950 




DONALD .I^EE'VJEST, Mas,, 
Don Lee^^.est, DojMfest., 
Reveren(iJ)onald L^fest 

SEGURUT MA.TTER - q '^'^ 

Re Chicago letter 'to Bureau dated August 22, 1950. 

Inasmuch as Brownsville, -Texas is within the District covered by 
the San Antonio Office, one 'copy of referenced. Chicago letter is 
being furnished as aji enclosure to the San Antonio Office, 



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^ SUBJECT: 



DIEEdTOR, FBI 
SAC, ATlAmk 

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Don lee-We&t, Doii^West, 
Jjeverend Donald LV Wjegjb, 

SECURITOttTTER - 0 
Bufile 100-20396. 



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DATE: SEPTEMBER 5> 1950 



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ladvised that BOHAIB lEE WEST plans to m^istain^Ms 

legal resider^ce with his in Feirhandina,, Florida^ | | 

stated WEST had. rented his- farm ±a Dbugiasty-ille^ Georgia., and 
is presently working for the Home Mnaions Couheil of North " 

America.,, out of Chicago, Illinois | | stated that WEST 

will he traveling through Texas arid will he in a constant travel 
statxas *fc)ut that hi^ wife will continue to teach school in 
Fernandina, Florida, 

Miami is requested to determine the present address, of IJEST and 
his wife in Fernandina-, Florida. 



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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 




Office Memorandum • united states government 



TO 




DATE: September 11, 1950 



Director, FBI 

SAC, New Tork • 
O 

DOIEID lEE WEST, was, 
SECURKI MATTER - G 
(Bufile 100-20396) 



Re Atlanta letter to Bureau, .SA/^O. 
Re Chioago letter to Bureau, 8/22/50, 

The New York Telephone Directory reflected no address for 

any organization r.sss.^^^z^J^^^PMm-SsS^'' '^^ °f oot°f!"v, 
did reflect that th^ome. Missions Council of North America was at 297 Uth 
Avenue. A pretext telephone call was made on September 7, 195-0 to this 
organization and it was determined that nobody working there personally 
knew the subject. A woman on the other end of the phone eventually found 
somebody with access to. records which indicated that the subject was working 
out of the Chicago Office at 127 North Dearborn Street, Chicago 2, Illanois. 
This person advised that the subject was evldaitly en?)loyed by the mgrant 
Division of their organization, and for any .information concerna^g him or 
his whereabouts the Chicago Office would haye to be contacted. This matter 
is being considered RUC»d« , 






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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVES 



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THIS'CASE ORIGINATED AT ATLANTA 






FILE no; lOGf- 



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date when 
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PERIOD, FOR WHICH "MADE REPORT MADE BY 

S^21,22,31,9^11-5(t> BENNKCT M. HIHSH 



DONAEt) LEETWEST, vp. DonJ[,e&¥e^ Ddnlfest 



Reverend Donald ity'W^st,^ajPW 




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CHARACTER OF CASE 



SEGURITI MTTER ^ G 



Subject speht week prior to August 29, 1950 visiting 
his family at Fernandina, Fla,- -Ee returned on 
August 29, 1950 to Chicago,, 111* furnishing as his. 
forwarding address 127 Dearborn Street, Is 
evidently cionnected with Home Missions Council of. 
North America, Inc.* located at that address* Subject *s 
family no\^ residing at 227 S« ^h Street f ernandina, 
.and wife continues to teach at the Fernandina High 

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' AT/FERNMDIMA, FLORIDA 

ADDRESS & ACTIVITIES OF SUBJECT ^S FAMILY 

; Maini T 1, of ^Wdm'reliab^ advised that during the 

first week of September 195Q, Mi^s moved from North Beach in ?ernandin^ 

to 227 8th Street in the city. "\i ' 



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Informant also stated that the subject had been in 
Fernandina, apparently during the week prior to August 29, 1950 inasmuch -as 
on this latter date he advised/ that he was leaving F^rjiandina and could be 
reached at 127 N* Dearborn Street, Ojiicagp 2,. Illinois* \. 



Accord jjig to informant the subject 

jg now attfinrii.nf? ftnhnnl in nnha thp nflmft.and address of 'v^ich was 



Cuba* 



fi/ ijn A\ - ' J^PKCrAL AGENT 
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IN FILE 



CUh-IES OF THIS REPfJRT / ^ > 

COPIES BESTROYEi)-y^^V^ 

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PROPERTY OF BBI-tH|S CONFIDENTIAL REPORT Alio ITS CONTCfTISj 
AGENCY TO WHICH LOANED. . 

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Informant also stated that the subject apparently* was now associated 
with the -Home Missions GomiQil of North America,- Iric,,., Mid west Office, 127 
Dearborn Street, Chicago 2, Illinois, 

While in^ Femandina, the subject corresponded with the following 
Company, "Surgal",. Philadelphia Developing Company, B-3300 Beach, Chicago, Illinois* 

AGTiyiTIES OF SUBJiSGT 

Mami T 2, of Icnbwn reliability, advxsM that the subject *s mfe 
was agaan teaching this tem in the Sernahdina: Hi^ School and that he had 
observed nothing out of the ordinarjr whatsoever in coiinection with her activities* 
He stated that justprior to the end of the school term^ in Jtine 1950> l^Irs* IrlESf 
obtaihed peimssion to leave a few days 3arly, stating that she v/as going to 
Mchigan to join hdr husband wh<5 was workaiig. there among the Mgratory Fruit Pickers, 
Informant stated that apparently she took her daughters and spent the entire 
summer with her husband inasmuch a^s ta his knowledge she did not return to the 
school until just prior to its reopening* ' ' ^ 



^^North Beach, Ferngndina^, near neighbor of b6 

subject^ s wxre was intervxewea under pretext at ^ich time she stated th^t 
Mrs* W3T had been her neighbor for over yearj that her husbiand who had a 
farm in Georgia cs^e to- visit the fainily at intervals; that he had just spent 
a week in Femandina with thg family having left at the end of August, 1950; 
that during, his visits the family never , seemed to have many visitors- and as 
far as she khew were very quiet .persons ifdao tended to their own business* 

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] OldtoTVh,. Fernandina, advised that he was the 



iDecker Apartments at Mort h Beach wher e Mrs* l^JEST had resided until 

recently for about a year and a half. | | stated that the family appeared 
to be very nice people, that the two daughters had been very popular and had be 
many girl friends* Se stated that Mr. IffiST, ^operated a farm in Georgia b7c 
came to vis it his family oil weekends, but thstt he did not come very ofteiu 



]stated that dtiring the past. several months:, he had resided in[ 



[ apartments on the Beach -and had met the subject on several occasions* He" 
stated that Mr* W3T had last visited the family during the last week in. 
August 1950 after which he had left tgm.. He described ISr^ WEST as a rather 
strange and possibly eccentric individual, in that he was not very fr iendly, 
had very little to say, read- a lot, and kept pf etty much to hdms&lf ♦ [ 



stated that during the visits of the husband he had observed no particular- 
friends of the-l^EST's come to the apartment* He added, however, that from t-diat 
little conversation he had had with Mr* I'EST he had no reason to believe that he 
was un&nerican in any respect* 

Atlanta t^!!e1^r^ August 21, 1950 requested that efforts be made to 
determine if EOim BATES^HSSE, G.Kd^O. for Georgia was with subject in Florida., 
inasmuch as he failed to appear at the Carroll County, Georgia Superior Court 
to answer contempt charges against him*- 




Manii Bif orMaiit T-1 advised that ;he had developed no infomation 
to indicate the presence of CHA3S in" Fernandina. 

Acting Chief of Police JOMES also advised that he had not observed 
anyone ,anst^ring the description of CHASE in Fernandiha during the last week 
of August, 195Q» He did not observe- CHASE »s automobile in Fernandina during 
that time* 



AT JACKSOMIIIE. FLQBIDA 



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] Flpridan ITbte: 



ten days of August, 1950, but advised that HOMER 
at that hotei during that tajne • 




a check during the last 
pHASB. had not registered 



i :Floridan Hotel/ advised that the 

3,utomobile aescribed -as belonging- to^ CHASE.^ had not been stored in that 



Garage during the period indicated above* 




ffianii Informant T^^. of knoxm ■r>6lT-aMlnt3rj advised that he knev/ 
flOii%pHASE^ ^o had visit ed | | in Jacksonville op- a. 'mimh^r* af 



occasiohs, but that h6 ha d not otis^ved Mir 



for some several months . 

■according tt>. information in the Miami Office* 



,at the apartment of 



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a knom^C ommunist in Jacksonville, 



- fffiEERRED Upon CGlvlPIETIOK; TQ THE!- OFFICE OP ORI&IM - 



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1 at Femandina. Florida. 



1 Fernandina. Fl6rid~ 



is in a position tO' be atJSEe of th e identity of many of 



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.Atlanta letter, dated 8/18/50. 
Atlanta teletype dated 8/21/50-. 



"SAC, Atlanta 
Director> Ml 



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41though> as you citato in referqnoed 3.Qit0r> sub^^et 
is not living his residence in Ijoiiglas-ville^ Georgia, at the 
present tim^ the Blarestu does not have anjr isa^oniiation s^. to 
Were h# Is residing*. T7hen it determined that atxbject has. 
disposed at hia beiongihga in DouglasTilie-and has moved his 
rei^idence to bother $a:^ea^ the Seot23?ity In^ card on subject 
can l^B transferred that time. 



CO ^ Chicago (10{>-ti92). 
CO - I!iai2i (100-3381) 
Bureau file 100-^20396 — 





UNITED STATES GOTERNMENT 



DATE: 10/5/00 



SAG. ATLMTk 
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SUBJECT: DOH/£LD LEETffiST ivasj 
SSCURTir liftTTER ^ 0 
(Btif He 100-20396) 



Reference is made to Chicago letter to Director dated 
August iQ^o^^Kami 1 fittf>r dated September 0, 1900 > 



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sM report of SA | [ dated September 30, 

1950 at Miami. 

Captioned subject is a security index subject ia the 
Atlanta Division. A revieif of captioned subject's file 
reflects his employment ivith Home Missions Council of 
North America^ 12? North Dearborn Street^ Chicago, Illi- 
nois as a traveling i'epresentative has been verified 
by the Chicago division. 

It is also noted subject' s wife and family reside at 
227 South Eighth Street^, Fernandina, Florida, end that 
subject ^s vdfe is teaching in the Fernandina, Florida 
Eigh School>. 

It is further noted subject has visited his -v^ife and 
family on occasions at Fernandina-^ and no information 
has beqn received by the Atlanta division indicating 
subject has returned to his former residence in Douglas- 
ville,, Georgia since leaving same in 1950* 

Information has also been received by the Atlanta divis^ 
ion that subject is attempting to sell his farm in 
Douglasville, Georgia.. 

In view of the above it vrauld appear this matter does 
not f Dll specifically into the catagory wherein form 
FD 128 could be properly executed because of subject s 
apparent constant traveling status in connection with 
his eir5)loyment-. 

\ ' ' It is, therefore, requested the Bureau give c6nsidera.tion 
^ to designating either the Miami or the Chicago office 
V \^ as office of origin in this matter.. 




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(Eufild ' 

Ee^j liioKVillD Xottor to Birtjot^r 10/l9/£bt . 

Atavo ?0f canoed letter sotefo^tix that onb^cot hod sOnt 
a ponmriicstion w Septedbor 2 1950 to Herox^nd DOB 

aub^c^t of of ti fcqusMty l!atto?r C omo in tte Atlanta 
^ivioion. Sio bur^^an tuKier Liifilo I00«2039^S in fiilly' 
aogols^Dnt of IJErT^S feackc^^rouifui arid catlv^itiea. . 

3h ro^^nso to the requa^ft 0ct out in abovo rc^fo:r©ncad 
Kno^illo lottor to the Biraotor, the Hhox7ill^ division 
hm T^t^Tt^um t0 Atljaata lottor to Iftioxvijao^ indtont cap- 
tion dated i^ot^^nhox* 22^^ l?l^8» Taxt iBttop r<^£loct0 t Bum- 
of th^r p6t*t±aont infor-inntxqa ia j^ogaj^d to TiSS2* ' 

For tte «^dditional irifo:mctti6n of tko Imoxvlild^ offico.^ TffiST 
m lonc^r rcsidest at Couslrsvillo, Q^ot^^M^r By letter 
4ated August 22^ 1950 the Chicago office s^dvisod tho.t XW^t 
en^loycd %y the Hcne lEst^ions Council of tlorth terXcst-, 
a religious ofc^iV organisation ^rith he^id quarters ija ITm 
Xork City md hnrixic a district of fico in. Chiaajp^ Illinoin 
^t 12T/*brth Dsrrborix r^treet^ Instant lottor from Chicago 
reflected that ^r.f is employed t.ts ti traveling raproBont^ 
atiT© f or tho Eom lliGf iow CQuncil of Ibrth Meric^^ and 
fron JBaptrdbor on will h«5 trrvolin,^ (3r.*^at de.^1 mirjly 
cCLoui3 tho fcscaa ©nd L%xico border smd particularly around 
3ror;xmillOj ToxG0 ^ 

It it? z^lco pointed out thtvt the ISar^ division, has yorificd 
tho c^plo^^nt nu a schoc^ toaohcr tinB, tho roaideisoo in 
Icrxiendiiia^ i?lorida for TilTSf »S yti£<x. 

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^(r.io-49) federaI^ bureau of investoation 

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ry^mm case oriqinateod at 



ATLANTA 



RVORTMADCAT 



ATLANTA 



DATS WHEN 
MADS 



RDKMT MAOB BY 



JOSEPH q. HOLMES 



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mu 



CHARACTBR OF'CASX 



.DONA'LD LEE WEST, was. 



SECURITY MAtTER C 



SYNOPSIS OP FACTS: 




WEST has apparently been einployed, by the, 
Chicago Office ,of' the 'Eoike Missions Comcil 
of North. America,, Migrant" Diyision,, to work 

tin. CGhzlection with migratory laj^orersj is 
p'res:ehtly believed to be traveling, in' 
Texas for this reportedly religious 
charity orgaiiisatipn* His mailing address- 
is presently General Delivery,, Lubbock > 
Texas:,. "WEST has rented his farm near ' 
Douglasville, Georgia to tenant farmer.. 
Former- assogX^tg q£ gtib.i^ct reports 'TOST 

requested ^Riverdale, 

Georgia to assist him in mailing out a 
large number of "peace tracts" advocating 
the cessation of the "senseless^ war in 
Korea" in 7-50. TffiST 'iiX' 7~50 was in 
contact Tdth the Peace Information Center, 
New York City, La signed statemeht | 




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l of HOMER^ BATES 

CHASE, CEDO, District 31,- stated that "WEST' 
had been kribwn^ to him as a member of the .GP» 



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T-1 of known reusability advised that between Maiy 8'>, 1950 
and October 9,, 19^0, DfflAi^^^s first class mail was being for- 
warded to Room 839 - 12? Dearborn Street, Chicago,, Illinois^ as 
will appear hereinafter, this is the address of the >Chicag6 Office* 
ofy^the Hpme^ Missions Council of North America* 




APPROVED AN 
FORWARDCD: 



bo NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES 



Bureau 
Chicago (H 
2 -r Dallas 

1 - Miami (information), (lbO-338T 

2 - Atlanta 





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T^l informed that D.QN'"WES T has rer}f,f,(\ his 
Douglas Courity, Georgia to a tenant farmer j 



Ssm. in 

and has 



only returned to Douglasville, Georgia for two visits since 
May, 1950« He said that DON WEST spent only a few hours there 
on each of the two visits. 



'T-rl informed that all of iTOqTts mail, other than 
first cl as s mail was being deli vered atL 
of I ■ 



T-^1 also informed that aromd July 6, 1950, DON lEST 
was, in touch with the »>Peace Information Center, Post Office Box 
3U9, Grand Central Station, New York 17, New York". 

T-1 advised that oh October 9',, 1950, pON WEST changed 
his forwarding address to General Delivery, .LxiblDock, Texas, 

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Qeorgia, 



called at the .Atlanta 



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dffice on July 22, 1950, and^ furnisiied the following information: 
He said that ;he first became acquainted mth DONAtt) XEE lEST vAieci 
WEST was a minister in Meansville, Georgia, arouri'd 1938' or 1939* 
He s,aid he became quite friendly with* WEST and maintaine d this 
friendshin for annroxmatelv oh^ year, at ^ich time he, | | 



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home> which at that ^ 'time was \_ 



informed that DON WEST brought HOMER BAaSSyOTSE.- Communist 

Part£.jQx;gani2er for Da^^^ljBj J , I 

occas ions and that HOMER BATES CHSSE] 

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he was -ll yiny af. 
was again 



lonformed %ha% in the tall Qf 19^8 1 at whxoh time 

1, he 



^ [ doNALD WST who at that time was 

active i^jne i^rogressive- rarty political campaign. During- this 



period] [advised that he severed relations with HOMER BATES 

CHASE but that he maintained friendship with DON "WEST inasmuch 

as WEST told him that he had .resigned from- the Communist Party :ahd 

was' no longer interested or active in the Party's work* 



I I advised that on July 18^ or 19, 19$0> he stopped 
at the Roadside Sto re just north, of JonesborOj Georgia. .on U« S. 
Highway U l which is I I He 

said that which 

from DON TOST postmarked Morthpor t. -Michi gan arou nd the 10th to~ 



He said thisf 



1 inquired 



l^th of July, 19^0, 

I would I |;for WEST from 

a list which WEST would supply her and in "wdiich would be placed 
"Peace Trac ts" ^ ad vocating •^.^^o nr^fpg.gaf.-inn nf +.hf^ ■qpnQP.if:^R.q war 



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in Korea," I I stated that ! that "we" 

would mail the letters from lll/EiST's place at BlairsyiUe, Georgia, 



On August 28, 1950,. r 



n furnished a 



letter postmarked Augus±.,17^ 1950^ at Amelia City^ Florida, 
addressed to him and bearing the return address "WEST-, N;orth 
Beach, Femandina, Florida.^ The envelope bore the printed 
return address, marked through, "Home 1/H.ssions Council of North 
America, Incorporated, Mid-We'st Office,, 12? North Dearborn Street, 
Chicago 2, Illinois," 'The letter cpntained therein, which 
appeared to be from DON WEST, was per sonal in nature and in- 
dicated DON 1/VEST had recently visited] I Atlanta. 



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I I informed that during the early part of August, 19^0, 

DON WEST visited him at which time WEST told him that he was employed 
in a traveling capacity by the Home-^Mxssicsis Council and that the 
purpose of this organisation was to provide education for the 
llhiidlien of migratory farm workers throughout the United States # 
advised that WEST was making approximately $5,000 a year 



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and had an fl^O a month expense account* 



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I H stated that DONALD LEE WEST told him that he^ 

WEST, plans to maintain his legal residence with his wife in -^^^ 
Fernandiria, Florida^ that he had rented his farm on Douglasyille^ 
Georgia, to a tenant farmer and expected to spend most of his 
time traveling in- Texas* He said WEST tqld him that his vdfe 
would continue to teach school in Fernahdina, Florida, 

T-1 informed that during the period August 8, 1950 
through October 17, 1950, DONALD LEE WEST was in touch with the 
following organizations and publications: 

Rumanian News; Washington, D. C,, 

The Yugoslav Information. Center, 36 Central Park South, 

' New York City. , 
The Legation of Rumania; Washington; Do C. 



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Special Agent "JOSEPH T. SYL7ESTER, Jr>, 3;i;j t^rv3,ewed 



Georgia on August 20, ±930,'reLQ.-txve r . nTilfi as sociation 



with the information conce rning DONALD LEE WEST 



following signed statemen 



Jmenti 
it: 



who is- the 



mentioned above, ftlrnished the 



Apt 3[ 



"Aug. 28, 1950 
Atlanta, Georgia 

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Atlarfta, Georgia, give the 



following voluntary signed statement to Special 
Agent JOSEPH T. SYLVESTER, Jr., who has identified 
himself to me as a Special Agent of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation, United. States Department 
of Justice ♦ I have been , informed that I may 
have an attorney and that this statement may be 
used in a court of law* No threats > promises 
or inducement, were made to me* 



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(Signed statement of 



Jsontinued. ) 



During 19U7, 19U8 and 19U9 I was 
acquainted with HOMER BATES CHASE, District 
Organiser for the Conmiunist Party* for the. 
State of Georgia, and through him became 
acquainted with arany individuals. I have 
known DONALD LEE YtfEST since ,19Ul and 
DON MEST has been known to me as a member 
of the Communist Party. 



DON ^KEST was a member of the Copmmist Party 
but had quit. 



WITNESSES: 

/s/ W> WINTON WARREN^. Sp Agt. FBI.-, Atlanta, Ga,, 8-28*-50. 

/s/ JOSEPH T. SY LVESTER., Jr., Sp Agt. FBI, Atlanta, Ga«> 

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WEST is described as follovj^: 
Name ^ DONALD. LEE, WEST 




HOMER BATES CHASE told me. that 



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Age 
Bom 



Race 
Sex 



Ul Years 
June 6, 190& at Cartecay, 
Georgia 
,White 
Male 



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Height 
Weight 
%es 
Hair 

Occupations 
Scars and Marks 
FBI Nuicber 



6^ ^« 

185 Pounds 

Blue, one eye does not focus 
Dark Brom, thin in front 
Fanner, writer, minister and 
teacher • 

Thumb and first two f ingers' 
missing, left hand. 
8lU505 " 



-PENDING-^ 



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ADMINISTRATIVE PAGE 



For the information of the Dallas Office, DONALD LEE. 
WEST- has- been the subject of an Atlanta Security Matter Case for 
•a number of years* Until February 20,- 1950 i he. was cairried i^ 
the Atlanta Office as a Key Figure iti the Conmtunist Organization 
However> since the fall of 19i|8. IPST has had no knovm active 
association, with the Commmist iParty, Hei reportedly disagreed 
vath HOMER -BATES" CHASE, Coranunist Party District Organizer for 
District #31, Georgia, and. as far as this. Office knows lEST 
has not been active in Coranunist matters since that tiine. 
However). he is presently carried as a Security index Subject 
in. this Office. 



AT. .iOO-5$9 

L .E .Ar-D -S. 

THE CHICAGO' -DIVISICW ■ • 

At Chicago, Illinois , 

If deemed advisable will ascertain present activities, , 
whereabouts and itinerary of subject at Home Missions Cotincil of 
North America, 12? Dearborn Street. 

THE DALLAS DIVISION 

At Lubbock » Texas , 

Will check available sources in an effort to determine 
whether "WEST is presently residing in L\ibbock and endeavor to find 
out what he is doing* 

Will ascertain whether there are any migrant labor caxaps - 
in. the Lubbock area and if so interview the individuals in charge 
for information concerning DON INiST's activities, 

THE MIAMI DIVISION 

Miami is being furnished a copy of this report inasmuch 
as it appears likely that DON lEST may establish his legal residence- 
there. His wife and two daughters reside at Fernandina, Flo.rida. . 

TH E ATUNTA DIVISION 

At "Atlanta . ,(jeorgia , ' 

Will continue efforts to ^keep track of DON WEST through 
available informants « , 



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CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT. PAGE 



T-l is 



Douglasville, Georgiai 



REFERENCES: Report of Special Agent BENNETT M» HIRSH, 
♦ Miami, dated September 30, 1950, 

Atlanta letter to Direbtor dated September 5, 1950j, 



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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



Fona No, t 

THIS CASE ORIGINATED. At 



FIUE NO., 10O7192 



REPORT MADE AT 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 



DATE WHEN > 
MADE 

11/2V50 



PERIOD KORWHICH-'MAPE 



11/20/50 



irepObt.mape 



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TITLE 



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0 

DOi'LyiD L3i>; iilaSX, was, 



CHARACTER.Or^CASE 



SYNOPSIS oF^FAcrrs: Siobject presently in Texas and can be reached at Genera 
Delivery, Lubbock, TexaB« 



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Confidential Infor/aant T-l^ of knom reliability, advised on 
Hoveriiber 20, 195O that he had learned from an employee of the 
Home luissions Council of Horth Jinerica> 127 Blortb Dearborn,, 
whose name he did not kno';'^, that is paresently employed 

by the Home I!issions Council of Morth Jiaerica, '12? Morth 
Dearborn, Chicago, and ^that he is presently in the state of 
*Xe2cas and can be reached at General Delivery, Lubbock, Texas • 

The source stated that wIIST T;as in a constant travel status 
for the organisiation and that* his itinerary is unkno\m<»to 
the iiaformaiit.. 



^ - Pj3F3iiIHD UPOil C0I3>Ii.IIOH TO OFFICE OF OimiE - 



A' 



ALLIiFORfMlOW COimiED 
HEREIN IS UNClASSm 



APPROVED.AND- 
■FORWARDED; 



IN CHARGE 



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qOPlES OF THISjREPORT 



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3 ^ iitlanta (100-559) 

1 - Dallas (IruLp33i3^i 

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\AGENCY TO WHICH 



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U S. GOVERKHENT PRINTIHG<0FF1CC 16 — 59255-J - 



. pretext t>.lephone call to an tmideiitified euplojao of the Hoi^e 
issioBS Council of Lorth .i^Merica, joiitral 1-1165 hj 



ueport of flfi J,CJ?.: C* ilOBGS dabed II/3/5O afe .i^tlanta* 



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FEDERABiBUREAU OF INVESmATION 




,(1-1(M9) 



THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT 



A-TLANTA 



FILE NO. 100-8551 nip 



R^PpRT MADE AT 

I DALLAS,. TEXAS 



DATE WHEN 



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l6,19-50' 



iADE 



DONALD LEE VEST, was,. 



REPORT MADE -BY 



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CHARACTER OF CASE 

SECURITY MATTER 



SYNOPSIS OF FA€TS: 




DETAILS; 



MUST' has appeared briefly at Lubbock, Texas 
but has furnished San Antonio* address each 
tirae. Only knowi Lubbock contacts, are among 

—r.. INFORMATION CDNTAINI 

-"""HEREIN IS UNCLASSIFIED 



AT LUBBOCK, -mSAS 




Dallas T-1, of knowi reliability^ ad-y:ised that his records 
reflect that on No-vernber 7, 1950, DONALD Dili WE>ST furnished his address as 110 - 
W. "Cypress Street, San Antonio,, Texas. He reported that on an earlier date ivEST 
had given .an address in Missouri i-Mch^is not' now re*called^ T-1 reported that on 
about December 12, 1950 iiSST advised that he would reappear at Lubbock and he did 
appear shortly thereafter, but* on December IS he gave- his address again as 110 ¥. 
Cypress Street, San Antonio. 

Dallas T-2, of knoxm reliability, reported that he is aware 
that tJEST, representing the Home Missions Comicil of North Arrierica was in 
Lubbock briefly and that he contacte d various protes tant •mi-n-iRt g^r.s^ He stated 



that y/ESST appeared in the coBipany of Q 



_| a .^iethodist 



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at Texas Technological College and that he addressed a ideeting of .protestant 
ministers on the subject of a unified National C'duncil of Churches in Lubbock 
on October 2?, 1950,, how^rver the informant did not hear his talic. He -stated 
that in his brief contact vdth ¥E3T nothing was s aid which made it appear t^^a:*! 
ivEST intended' residing in Lubbock. 

The f ollovdng persons ad vised that the ,y do not know the 
subject and have not been contacted by him: I I Te:jcas State ' EDaploymerit 



APPROVED Arfo. 
FORWARDED, 



SPECIAL. AGENT 
IN CHARGE 



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3 Atlanta (.100-559) 
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DL-100-8551 



LEAD SHEET 



THE SAN AiX^TGKIO OFFICE 

AT SAH ANTOtilO, TSZAS 

Will verify subject's residence at 110 ¥. 
•Cypress Street^ and mil endeavor to ascertain 
the nature of his activities in San Antonio. 



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Service: 



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SNCLOSUHEs TO SAN ANTONIO? 1 copy of the report of SA JOSEPH 0. HOmSS, 

.--itlanta^ li-3^50. 



refzhki;d upon ^completion to tks qffics of qsigin 



r)L-100-^S551 



E.TOffiuANT PAGE' 



Dallas T-1 is L 



^ Clerk, whose, iden tity- is protected since 



Trifhrrhation -furnished Vfas from i f 



■'blD 



nAna.s T-2 is th 



£ 



Jeio requested tnat. 



his identitv be saaintained confidential. 



ESFEaiJlNOE: 



Report of SA JOSEPH G. KOIi'IES, Atlanta, ll-3-r-50, 
Report of SA DaN3EL THayiAS., Chicago, 11-20-50 .- 



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-Office M.emof andum • united states government 

Diractor, FBI a^^*^' "^^^^ •"•^^l 




SAC, Atlanta ^ 

DONALD EEE WEST, Was;, 
SECURITY MATTER.-C 
(BuFilfe 100-20396) 



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NAME 



f--: O 

UJ 

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It is recommended that a Security Index Card be prepared- on the CO 

above captioned individual • 

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The Security Index Card , on' -the captioned individual should be 
changed as follows : (Specify change only) A 





ALIASES 



RACS. 



SEX 



NATIVE BORN 



NATURALIZED 



ALIEN. 



COMMUNIST 



•SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY 



INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST LEAGUE 



MISCELLANEOUS ( Specify 
TAB FOR DETCO M 
DATE OF BIRTH 



m 

03 



TAB FOR COMSAB :> 



Co 



PLACE OF BIRTH m 



RESIDENCE. ADDRESS 



Constant travel status, midwest and^-southwest ^ 

cm 

. United States^ ^ 

BUSINESS ADDRESS (Show name of emplosdng boncern and address); .^^^ 

. Home Missions Council of North America,. . 



127 North , Dearborn. Chicago, Illinois^ 

;NATUHE' OF- INDUSiaf OR BUSINESS' (Specify from Strategic and Vital Industry List) 



^ .RECORDED 

PPT: CM _ 
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FEB 5 195f 



;f filAN as m\ 




' $;«r^i|> % e» ir?5tos# mamta* V^htm^^ tkf 




.tiJtS j^mm 
CSm m rwtm ' 



g-y 

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Tolson 
C3Lege_ 



Rosen 

Tracy 



JPMtjjd 



Uohr 



Tele. Room_ 

Mease; 

Gand y 





Company, both Atlanta, and formerly resided at llU Harris Street, Atlanta, 
Georgia. OJAIA stated that he has never been a member of the Communist 
Party. ^ 

The Atlanta files contain no information concerning JOHN OJALA^ 



AT ATLANTA, GEORGIA 



ment 3$ 



On JAtmarv 



19511 



^r^i^r^^aA .QA Tr.mAPTt 1?^^ KTjim.TTSF.K that he received a 



Apart- 



Christo as card from DON VffiST in December of 1950 postmarked! 
I I stated it w as his under standing that VlEST^s daughter is[ 
^ I and WEST might be residing there i 



1 Cu ba 



SubjBC 



]in 



he 
hic 



in Hnha, the name and address of ^^yhich is [ 



i s presently attending school 



-Gjiba. 



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On January ?i l , « ^ ^ 

I I j Apartment k J 1 informed^SA JOSEPH T> SYLVESTER, JR. 

tha t while she w as at Fernandina, Florida during the summer of 1950, 
she ! I doN mST and h is wife, and, knowing VJEST was actively 



Jwhich con- 



connected with the Communists, L 
tained the following articles s 

A portion of a letter referring to World Peace Movement* 

A pamphlet captioned Midwest Migrant Staff Letter put out by 

the Home Missions Council of North America, 12? North Dearborn Street, 

Chicago 2, Illinois. 

The Migrant Staff Letter which she furnished was published 
August 3, 1950 at Chicago by the Home Missions Council of North America 
and contained a small item to the effect that DON WEST was a "full-time 
staff and resource leader" for the organization. 



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Mrs»|I 



lad vised that during Octob er of 1950> DON WEST, 



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] Fernandina, 

Florida, and becoming irked bv this ma tter ♦ she read one of the letters ^ 
She stated that th is lette r was from a I |of | I 



[ 



wrote that he woul^d'notT 
]but believed his son-'in-law[ 



Atlanta, Georgia. [ 



J Mrs.[ 



iDON VffiST^s 
stated that 



sEehad copied down a portion of the letter that she thought was pertinent, 
as follows: "I have been wanting to go back to Russia but they all say 
I would have no chance to get in and they all think I am crazy for wanting 
to trade this wonderful America for hateful Russia." 



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Confidential Informant T-1 advised that, 

arrived from abroad at New York City on December Ih, 1950 as a passfenger 
on the Frenbh Line SS Liberte. This source stated that included m her 
baggage were the foUovdtig items: 

Poem witten by DON lEST, Douglasville^ Georgia, captioned 
"The Alien," 

■Poen entitled "Little Scared one" by DON TOST* 

Poem entitled "Another Awful Story" by IXW WEST,. 

Poem entitled "In Civics Class" by HEDD^ppEST, v/ho is DON 

lEST's daughter. 

Letter dated November 12, 19^0 signed by DON WEST. 

The above listed poems paint a sad and pitiful picture of the 
life of small farmers and migrant workers. The poem entitled "Little 
Scared .One" contained the following introductory note:- "To a church 
leader who signed a peace petition, then, under pressure, back down and 
cried »I was. taken in by the Reds", as if the t Reds' are the only ones 
who worked for peace". 



Dr. I I furnished SaI ~I 



ur. I I — — 

Iwith two^lippings from the So uthern .u-arnier. The first, which 
I ] was entitled "The- Genuine" Ar ticle" 

r. .qT. This 



I l ofl Kentucky. The article rp.lated lihat | |was 

riding DON lEST around in the vicinity of | |Kentuckr and pointed 



out a 1^00 acre estate which he said was ov/ned by a Louisville, KentucKy 
business man who owned it as a "hobby". DON iJEST quoted. farmer [ 



as saying of the houses on, this estate, ['But among these mansions and 
fine bams are families living in shacks unfit for animals. Babies have 
been found with their faces half eaten off by rats. If I had this land, 
I Id want to see it split up into little farms s o people who- need to could 
make a living on it." TWEST also quoted | | in speaking of Negroes, 



be 
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"Negroes— brought to this country in chains* Sold like cattle, stxll treated 
like animals in some places though we do take them to fight in our wars*" 

The other article entitled, "They're Being Pushed Off the Land" 
by DON lEST appeared in the Januaryj 19^1 issue of the Southern Farmer* 
It was written in the same vein as the above .described article and depicted 
deplorable conditions among migratory workers in Texas and among small farmers 
in general, 4 ^ y> c^y?^, ^ ^ > / r/^* STVX 

f- "^^ / /r ^/-P'ENDING - ^ 



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ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS 



[ 



] Dodglasville,; Georgia,, advised that 



DON .WEST'S first class mail is presently being forwarded to him at General 
Delivery, Lubbock, Texas,. 



I i. Douglasville,, Georgia;. 

advjLsgd that DON 1\fEST »s second class mail is oeing received by | J 
I ~| Douglasville., a friend and associate of DON "vVESTj. 

"S^that l I has in recent past forwarded TfiiEST^s mail to several 

different Texas cities including Lubbock and San Antonio. He info^rmed 
that he will obtain complete addresses in the near future* 



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For the 



information o 
Apartment 3 



the KnoxviU-e Officei [ 



^j^cx umv.x.v ^, ] had previously furnished 

information that a round July lfi| l^^O. he -stored at the roadside, store 
just Nort h of jQnesbor o> Georgia, which 
] He said that[ 



is 



from DON WEST 
l$th 9f July, 

TOUld 



llor- 

iVbUs He said 



jiyjiion sne 
theJl£LttL-ta 



had received 
ihs. 



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•.h Port- Michig an^ around uii^j. 

nquired whether! 

^^^^^^ p f or VffiST from a list #iich. 

Ssrwould supply her and in which wouia de placed "peace tracts" advocating 

the "cessation of this senseless war in Korea". | [stated that the 

I I that "we" would mail the letters from WST's place 

at Blair sville, Georgia ♦ 



Octo' 
that 



It has been ascertained 



that 



]address on 

Chattanobga, Tennessee,' and 



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family had apparently moved with him to Chattanooga ♦ 



AT-., 100-5^9 



. L. .E ADS 

The Dallas. Division 

At Lubbock, Texas 

'Will detemine where DON VffiST's mail is presently being forw^irded 
and make arrangements to. be advised when he furnishes any change 
of address"# 

The San .^aitonio Divisxon 

•^^AT San Antonip^ Texas r 

Will verify subjectVs residence at 110 West Cypress Street and 
will endeavor to ascertain the nature of his activities in 
San AntoniO'.and to identify his contact there^ 

'%e Knoxville Division 

At. Chattanooga^ Tennessee 

Will interview 



^relative to her .reported 

from DON' \VEST in July, 1950* . 



Will endeavor to obtain a signed statement from her concerning 
DON' TOST ^s letter and any information she may have relative to 
Communist activities on the subject^ s part*, 

The Atlanta Division -j^^ 



At Douglasville, Georgia 
Will continue to maintain contact with %• 



and. 



At .Atlanta,, Georgia 



Will continue ,ef forts to follow DON' TOST ^s activities through 
informants* 



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AT>/ 100-559 



INFORMANT PAGE^ 



Confidential Informant T-rl 



SA JOSEPH A, CULIEN, New York City., 

who was pr?ggnt- dwinR a search of 

baggage' by 



Uv S. Customs Officials at NYC on 
. December lij., 1959 > 



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REFERENCE: fieport ©f SA JOSEPH G. HQDilES, Atl anta, dated Il-r3r50* 



Report of SA 



Dallas, dated 12^29-50. 



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D E C LAS S I F I CAT I OH AUTHO P.I T Y DERIVED. FROM: 
'FBI AUTOIIAXIC^ DEC LAS S I F I C A J ION GUIDE 



(1-1(M9) 



FEBERM. BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT 



AILANTA 



SA • WE NO. ioo-7986 divW 



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kEPORT MADE AT 

SM ANTONIO 


DATE WHEN 
MADE 

,2/l9Al ' 


io./2&fm-- 1/12, 2-^, 

23s277.iC-/^l 


REPORT MADE BY 

\MILE6 L.- JOHNSEN 


DONALD LilE VffiST, i/7as. 


CHARACTER OF CASE 

SECURITY iiATTER - C^' 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 



Subject is residing te.pnr^rin v ;^t. 110 l^^^^fl^r^(^:R^ St,^ 
Ban Antonio^ Texas^ theL 



Party f^^n^npf.hi 7.Pr%. S^ihiPr^^-^. y-P^r) pr.Af.1-3r at ];ieeting 1/21/>1/ 

J Jin .San Ajttpnio^ attend^ i 



at -i^^/hich 



'Subject stated he travels'" among "#e,t' i3aclc*! iiexican and-;' :b6 
Negroes and would possibly niake' trip to Harlingeri-^. Tsxa.s hlc 
and to iiichigan in the ne'ar future^ 



; £xt» B y 5ft ^) 
'Review 




■ mm sHopuwfOTis 

^i'^ober 20, 19^0, T-3,, of taov-oi reliability,, ad.visedj[^ ^. 
SAG^ C; 1.. FEEKS' that pOlM ''EST, who- was kno^-vn to hj^i as "The- P oet a-p Potfrsi ^fij^^^n 



had -befin in tnym for i^e'ek or ten days and< h-ad been 



with 



at 



.. . . P'=^3 adyi^eMthat subject •v'/'as planning to leave October : 

21, .1950 for Lubbock,. Terras,, 



^'-il^e'scribed the subject as^a reforined Congregational Preacher who^, 
he reported, was now out ^cpatacting tr arid was driving a 'cre'ara colored 

Chevrolet beaiing Illinfidg/license 77-5-^99U>- ' . b6 

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advised that: 



\ b ^and has teen a Cpininunist Party „ 
^g:3^f ipathi2er in the Sbxi Antonio a^ea for a number of years and may possibly be 
a Gomramist Party liiember^. ^ " - 

r-ljj of known reliabilitj^,, report ^ ^ - ■ 



|0n January 22, 1951 Tr-xjj 01 .^nown reiiiaDiiD.x-j'",, report^a 
wgg h^lcJ on thf? fiVfin-^n^ nf , Jariuary 21, 19'gl, at the hor^^e, of l vs,\ 



She stated "thf;t DOK 1^'^ST came to this riieeting with 



APPROVED AND 
FORWARDED: 



SPECIAL. AGENT 
IN CHARGE 



DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES 



QQPY IN FtC£ 

^ n COPIES ,OF THJS REPORT 



^^^^ *f COPIES ,OF THJ! 

(3^^3?eau {100^20390'5 
3 Atlanta '(lOQ.-509> 
3 -San- .Antonio / . 




PROPiERTY OF FBI.r-This confidential report a: 
to be distributed outside of agency to wbicli loaned. 



cpntenp^are loaned to you by the FBI and are not 



16—61360-1 U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING 'OFFICE 



SA 100-7986 



Mp, and «irs. 



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I advised those present that the purpose 
of the meetings was to hear *nON WEST read his poetry* DOM WEf,T spoke briefly 
concerning his career as a minister in Georgia and his many experiences among 
"■ffet Back" I'exicans and ^'egroes yjhoy he stated^ were in the minority and are 
ill treated by the majority groups. Ke related that he traveled quite a bit 
among the^'I^Yei)' Back" ""^oxic^ins and -l^^egroes and vrould possibly make a trip to 
Harlingen^ Tex\s and ;t;0^-he beet fields of i^-ichig£<Ji in the very near futiire. 

^T-1 advis^jtlu-.t the subject s poems were I'^-rritten in blank verse and 
she described them as "poems of despair based on the misorj?* of the ^TiTet Backs* 
and i^egroes"* ^he stated that during the time WiC5;T was speaking 'and reading 
his poems he did not change his ejqprossion and appeared to be s very sobor^ 
serious minded P^^^^^"*^^^ 

^^1 advise^thc 1 1 | came to the meeting late, apparently 

so bo need not be introduced, and brought with him a book wh^ch* appeared to bo 
a Russian infm:m2iiiiP_titLLlotin whiclLhsd a largo number of pictures of Russian 



agriculture . 



_hullotin whic: 
Jstated tojr-., 




Lie caofiio to the meeting because he 
^s« ^ V \ 



liked 



to hear the subject speak and read 
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3, Recording to T-lj/fof' known reliability,, jpne of the 



IS, 




leading members of .the Communist Party group m Sen J.ntonio> 



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On the evening of January 23, 19^1 Special Agerit H.- HttTON feC KEE 
and the vfritcr observed cn individual who/ by do script ion, was annarentlv 

identical vfith subject, present at the homo of 

I 



ton Februa.rv 7 . 19^1 T'-2-. of know n reliability, advise^^^at ^^'rs. 

had mailed a number oF leaflets and 



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pamphlets to a number of ministers in San Antonio, each group of literature 
including a leaflet which contained a verse v/ritten by DON WEST. Included ajtnong 
the literature mailed were leaflets in praise of Russia and those published by 
the Peace Information Center of New York City. 




[On February 10, 1951 T-3 advised]^'M<??t he h?d ascertained that a book 
of the subject's poems had bean published which was entitled "Clods of Southern 
Earth" by DOH tViiiST.- This book was. copyrighted in I9U6 by Bbni and Gaer, Inc,*-, 
l^Ea.st Uoth Street, i'^ew York I6, New York, 'and was illustrated' by MRQLD 
-^PRICE. The foreword -of the book entitled "Appreciation" stated in part7""especiallj 
^ should I express apprecicition to....." and set^^^jit the hajries of- a nvuriber.of 



persons, included " among which vfas "To i^^ary LOId^^OGER vfho symbolizes the strength 
of character and mind of a dating South". This book contained a photograph 
of D'ON VfflST on the bc.-:ck cover. 




|T-3 sdviso^VfQbTiiie would* inform the San i^ntonio office in the event 
the subject had left this area^,; 

The records of the Identification Division of the San Antonio Police 
Department and the San Antonio Ptotail Icerchahts Credit Association were checked 
and no record was 'found reg: rding subject , 



P E M D I N G 



0' 



SA IOO-.7986 




It is noted thc.t Chicago letter to the Bureau dated August 22^ 19^0 
reflected that, information obtained by pretext telephone call on. August 8, 19^0 
to the Home Missions Council of North Amei^ica, 127 North Dearbora Street^ 
Chicago^ Illinpis^ revealed that the subject v;ould return from Florida in 
September^ ,1956 to Chicago for one month and would then travel to Texas where 
he would spend the winter ♦ Further, that he v/as working as a traveling representa* 
tive of HilM.C^NJ;, and would travel a great deal, mainly along the Texas-4uexican 
border and particularly around Brown sx'-ille , Texa,s> 




SA 100-7986 



THij;,SM\I ANTONIO DIVISION 



■L.E A.D.S 




At San Antonio , T^cag> . 

l/'^ill contact l^-^Qfor informatibh regarding the. subject's activities 
end possible departure from San ioitonio. 



SA 100-7986 



COM?IDgl^ 




The identities of the confidential infbrmants mentioned in this report 
ocE'SA MIL2S L. JOafSEK dated 2/19/51 at San /..ntonio, ares 



Apt. 10 



San Antonio 

(l/Vho fur^nished information to SA K. HIL-TON LG KEE Bxid requested 
that her identity remain conf idontial*) 



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San Antonio 5 Texas 

U'Vho requested that his identity reiiiain confidential.) 



J:>an Antonxo> Texas 
(^^Jho requested his identity -reina in confidential*) 



rrho furnished information to SA 




REFERENCE; Report of SA 



, DallasAV2-9/50, 




Hi 100-^8^^1 

L E A^B .5 

A copy of tixis report is designated for the San Aatonio 
Office since that office^ is conducting investigation at San Antonio to ver- 
ify subject »^s address ia that city* 




mation fiumisiied is from 



alias T-1 is 

J whose idenfl-nvy 



3.S K-RntL confidential since the Inf or~ 



REFERENCE.: Eepprt ,SA JOSEPH C. HOLIES, AtlJinta, 2-li|.-5l 



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•STANDARD. FORMING. 64- 




DECLASSIFICATIOIJ AUTHORITY DERIVED FROH: 
JJTOIIATIC DECLASSI^FICATIOH GUI 
OS-lO-ZOlO 



;tjide 



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DnSECTOEj FBI 
SAC, AfL^N/EA. 

DONALD LEE 1EST> w»s,., -^^2*1 
SECURiTT MATTER C ' 



UiMItED' STAltes GOVERNMENT' 



DATE: March 10, 1951 




Rerep of JOSEPH C.' HOpiES <Jated .2/lli/5l> Atlanta, 



a Christma s card fr6m DON- 
postmark esd 1 I C!ub&<» 



ised that he ha^d received 
ST in December of 19^0 ji_ 
It is to .]be noted thatCZ 



was formerly active in the Progressive Party in Atlanta^ be 
and ha's arfer^ntl^r .been cooperating ^vrith. the Atlanta b7c 

division*^ | |we3fit on to ^^^^^ that it hifi nhder^ 

staiiding tWat MST was visiting] ^ | 



Si 




who is presently at tending school in Cuba* the name -and 
address of which is [ 
I I Cuba* At the time 



made available the 



] 



original information stated that probably 1?i(ES^pm,g_M 
with his daughter in Cuba#, Ifow«^verj^ recently I Is tatefe 
that he has heated that "WEST now back in ^exas where he 
is traveling, among, the Mexican and negro migratoiy workers ♦ 

San Antonio has advised in the repoirb of SA MILES L* 
JOHNSON,, dated February 19., 1951, at San Antonio^ that 
"VSEST is residing temporarily at 110 West Caress Street, 
Sari Antonio^ T«x:as# 

The above infoimation is being called to the atitentioh 
of the Bureau as it is thought that possibly the Bureau 
may through its legal attache. in Havana determine ^ny 
activities whicli fiON IfEST engaged in while , he visited hiSbvc 
daughter and, fnrthftr^ anv activitiefl which may have been 

I I 



Apted Qtt' the part pf 



It is felt 



that at l;*ast the Bureau wbuM probably ifish t^o^'Call "to 



the attache's attentioh^ the fact tj^t 
is now attending school in Cuba,/^g 

ERK:GJ? 
lOOw.^09 



Kughter 




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m^im^mMh^ along %im tm^m 1^ ^s^pa^^ai^ 




hlf?- icsoirejsent? mill b« -papor^e^ to t|i0 Biicreati* 



It24iS 2h^ui« ^miivaif imim mmm ^-^^^^^^ '^ffK^! 



•Udd 



Nichols^ 

Kos'sn 

Tracy 



Belmont 

Mohr, 

Tele.: Room. 
Nease_ 

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MiiitSlfittlSSffi^ 



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FBI AUTOHATIC DECLA^^ftCATIOM GTJIDl 
DATE i:i6-lS-20iO 




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STANDARD TOrKi NO. 64 



Office NLepwrMiduffi • united sta'^s government 



TO : 
FROM : 
SUBJECT: 




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DIRECTOR, FBI 
/sag,- ATCANm 



DATE: April Ifj X9S% 




DONALD liEffi.lplST,. ^wa6 * 
(BuTiie 100--20356> 

Rerep of SA JOSEPH Cw, flOIME^:^ dated February lU^ 19?li at 
Atlanta j bulets to. Atlanta^, dated March 21^ 19$i; Louisville 
letter to Bureau/ March 30.^ X9^i>. enti-j^led -"COMMUNIST VbRTl;^ 
USA^'DISIRICT NUMBER ^ LOUISVILLE DIVISION, IN-TERNiiL- SECURITY: 
C, (ORGMIZATION) 

Enclosed herewith are coirected copies of referenced repofet^,. 

The Louisville division in^ referenced letter advised that a 
source of :infomiationy a former -Goinmunist' Party member in Louis-^- 
ville^ fentucky^, had advised that subject^ District Organize!** , 
In KentuSKy prior to 1936^. had returned and .was how ;in change qt 
the- Communist Party in Kentucky o No iriforniat ion has- been 
developed by the Atlanta division indicating that WEST/ a 
Security Index subject, Atianta origin^ is in charge of the. 
Communist Party ih *the State of 'Kentudky^ but an" article pub.-- 
iished in the "Southern Farmer" > in -^e November, 19$0 issue 
entitleC"The Genuine Article." bv JDQ^HvEST. . relates a visit j6p 
one JI^^^IN of Lyndon, Kentucky ,^ -ai^ attributes to IIANKIN' 
(certain remarks concerning Ibhe deplorable conditions of negroes- 
and small farmers:. ' 

The Chicago division advised that a pretext telephone ^'call, on- 
August- 8;j- 19i?0 to the "Home Missions/Council of North America*| ^ 
127 North Dearborn Street^; -Chicago, disclosed tMt subjectjpi #f 
employee,-, would return from Florida in September, 19^0 to- ^G^i^s-gQ- 
for one month, and would then travel to Texas ^. whgre.-hq. WPT^^ 
spend the winter^ and further that he was Forking: as ^ a ti^.aveiing' 
representative of the kojpie Missions Cduncil of North AmeriiS^a^ 
and would travel- a great deal^ ;mainly along' thd Texas^iexica' 
border^.; and .particularly arbimd Brownsvillej Texasl^^ 



.FBHj'CJV 
Encir 

:GCt Chicago (100^7192) r /.a 

i)allas (100^55^1) (Encli), prrnpncn o^n ^ »^ 
Knoxviile (100^907) (Ehcie) Ktl^UKUtU - j /\pR 

Louisyilie (100-^213) ^ ^ IHDfYfh OA r 17 
San Antonio '(100^7986> <Encl")^^^tD . 2B 

.Atlanta file l6o-3^|$> 

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COPIES DESTROYED V/ ^^^f ^ /^ 





AT 100-.$$9 



The Dallas division advised that informant stated that- subject 
was at Lubbock, Texas during the latter part. of 19^0, but^ on 
December 28> 1950, gave his address as 110 Ifest Cypress Street, 
San Antonio, Texas* 

HORACE WRIGHT, Postmaster, Douglasville ^ Georgia advised sub- 
ject's first class mail was presently being forwarded .to General 
Deiiveiy, Lubbock, Texas* y 

The San Antonio division advised that irlf ormatot^^epo rt subject, . 
during October, 19^0,, was | ^ 110 Vfest ' 

Cypress Street, San Antonio, Texas, a Co nmiunist Party sv in Dathizer b6 
in that a rea^- an d ttet he was observe'a~on^anuary 22, 195»lj accom- b7 
panied by | 1 at a meeting held at 128 West Evergreen Street,^ 
San Antonio, at which time he related that he traveled extensively 
among "wetback" Mexicans and Negroes, and vrould possibly make a 
trip to Harlingen, Texas, and to the beet fields of Michigan in 
the very near future t The San Antonio division stated that an 
infoiTTiant would advise that division in the event- subject left 
that area^ 

The San Ajitonio, Chicago, and Dallas divisions are reauested to 
make appropriate investigation and furnish the A^tlanta and Louis- 
ville divisions with any information that the subject has returned 
to the State of Kentucky and is presently in charge of the Communist 
Party in Kentucky, It is specifically requested that the Chicago 
division expeditiously verify subject employment with the Home 
Missions Council of North America to comply with the iris ttni'ct ions 
contained in SAC letter Number 26, series, 19^1^ dated March 13> 
19^1, requesting that employment of all Security Index subjects 
be verified and Form ED 122 submitted to the Bureau before April 
12, 195lo^ 

For the information of the Bureau and the Chicago division, a file 
review in the Atlanta division fails to indicate other coverage 
regarding the subject^s itineraries and residences- that might be 
developed in order that this investigation might be brought to 
a logical conclusion. 



Fr>,r-72 
("1-19-49) 



feder;# bureau of INVES#AT10N 



IBVurm No* 1 

THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT 



FILE NO. 



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REPORT MADE AT 



AIMNTA 



DATE WHEN 
MADE 



PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE 

li/3A7/50;l/2, 
29,31i2/lkik/5A$l 



RIPORT MADE BY 



DONALD I;EB WEST., was, 



CHARACTER (Mr CASK 

SECtmiTi MATTER - C 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 




Atlanta informant advises he rec'e'ived a Christ- 
mas card from DONiduD LISE WEST during December, 
19^0^ postmarked Monterez,^ Cuba, where subgect 
had vlsitedo Reports subject has returned tV 
Texas e Informant advises subject has written 
several poems o Has written two articles con- 
cerning, alleged pitiful conditions of small 
farmers and migrant workers published recently 
in the "Southern Famner** magazine* 

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The following investigation was conducted by Sk 
JOSEPH 0, HOLMESs 




Co 



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AT DOUGMSVILLE, GEORGI/i - »^ 

JOHN OJALAi- Route :h» advised that, he is slightly 
acquainted' with DOWiiLD LEE WEST, and .stated that he- 
had neyei? heard lEST advocate changing this country's 
form of government by violence » 



UJ 



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1 




The following investigation was conducted by Sk 
mm-M) R, KSELUSEK: 

"AT ATLANm'. GEORGIA 



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On Jamp w 9 



advised that he 

a Christmas >card': from lES^L^iLJIlecember of 



received 

19^0 0 postmarked Monteregp 




STECIAL AO£Hr 



^ COPIES OF THIS REPORT 

%/-^reau (100-20396) 
2 - DsJUas (100-85^1) 
2 - Knoxville (100-90?) (info) 
2 ~ Mobile 

2 ^ San Antonio (100-7986) 

3 m Ablatxla 



PROPERTY OF FBI - This confidential report and its conteueg^sSte loaned to you by 
the FBI and are not to be distributed outside of agency to -which loaned. 



6 5 APR 2 0 1951' "^^^ copies destroyed. 



WST^s daughter was atterxiing school at" Galeigp Irene Tolan^; 
2k de Febrera^- Mantanzas^ Cuba, and that subject possibly 
^visited her during December^^ 19^0 ^ 



Subsequent to January 9> 19 ^1 > I b dvis ed that subject had 

returned to Texas ^ where he was traveling among the migratory 
workers • 

The following investigation was conducted by SA^ JOSEPH T. 
SYLVESTER^ JR*: 



[ 



On Januar^r 2, 19^1 



nandina, Florida^ during the I 

iRrmctm j i_ • „ - i^^^-l. 



1 advised that she was at .Fer-- 



WEST and his wife at which time she observed the following 
items J 



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A portion of a letter referring to World Peace 
Movement » 

A pamphlet, captioned Midwest Migrant Staff Letter 
published by the Home Missions Council of North 
America, 12? North Dearborn Street, Chicsgo, Illinois,^ 
which pamphlet was published on August 3, 19^0, and 
contained a small article to the effect that IfffiST 
vms "full-time * staff and resource leader" for the 
organization* 



] advi sed that during October of 19^0 > lEST, [ 
] had[ 



1 



Fernandina, 'Florida, and becoming angered bv this a ction 
part of the sub ject J 1 f^ he 

stated I _ "a ] \ 



~l i'vT^iantai u^oyria, and contained inforpaiioiL— 

to the effect^ th^.tl Iwoulcl not abl.^ to I3.|e msT | 



*u-t believed 



T-1 of known reliability,- on December, ik^ 19^0, advised that 
the following poems had been written by l/vEST: 

"The Alien" 
"Little Scared One" 
"Another Awful Story" 



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2 



f 




iad: 




:f pli Gwln^^^ ir^^^^^ 'nQ;te;.r f»:To # chilrph .0>ea^fe?p, whOi (signed^ a 




^worked 'fofe jgeaGe;"\ 



Bb'oiW I I tjrnishe4^ km feMp^- 




be 



jM'R/iNKi^^ WEST arouhcL in^ 4k'e ^iciriti}y of " l^^dpA:,. hic 

;kentucky^ aftd p'6irit:e.a o.ut a WQO sere estate wMcli- W said. W3;s 

OTmfed "%^a Ceni^^^ ovmed as a "Hobby" ,^ 

fffiST iCaMer J'tM ^M'M^N' as saying of -are 'iioiise's^ .op^ trfil-s- estg-te>. 

irfiutv iiaong't^^s liiansidhs -and fine bafils are f-MilieJ. Ji*^^^ 

skacfcs nhi^i: lor anmals. Babies have been "loiirid TO;tE.#ei^^ 

fa'ce^iMi' eaten off by rats* 3tl -Had thi^ landj ^^d mMt- to 

see it split up into 'little farms so people who; n^ed to? cpul;d> 

make a living oh it*" IffEST also quoted MNKIN ag .^bliipws;: 

'ONegroesr^brought to this country in chains • Sold l^ke cattle,- 

still, treated like animals in some biaces though we db' take them-, 

to fight in our wars ." 

The other article entitled,- " They ^ re Being Pushed Off the Land!' 
by W TOST^ ' appeared the January.^ 19^1 issue of the "Southern 
FamertU, Jhis a:rticle was written in the same vein as the above 
described article' and depicted deplorable donditibng:, among migra- 
tory' workers in Texa^ and among sfuall famers dpsgerieral. 



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I ] / Doviglasville, Georgia, advised that 

DON lEST's first class maxL-is presently being forwarded to 
him at General Dfelivery, Lubbock, Texas, 

V ^ Douglasville,, Geor£iaj_ad.visGd 

\.h^t. DOW li^ >i\s second class is being received 1 

\ /a friend and .associate of DON TOST, and tha^/. 1, 

^ nas iti li e recent past forwarded mail to several different Texas 
cities, including Lubbock and San Antonio. He informed that -he 
will obtain complete addresses in the near future. 

Vor the informatio n of the Mobil e -^-f^-i^-^^N / 
— t [ f J had previousxy 

furnished mforirial ion that aroulid July iB, iy!o> he- stopped at 
■the r-nP.c^Rid 6 store, .lust north -of Jones boro, Georgia, |hTcn wa,<? 

I |v,„f I He stated that 

li I ' ■ ■ ■■ — — : — . , J TM-iM iF,m 



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■the rnaasia e sioore. .lusu aux uu -vx .yy^L^^v ^^^^^^j ■ ,77'. 

I I He stated that| 

1 Iwhich she had received from DON ?ffiST, post- 

L.^v.^ TvTo^+.hpnr.t, iAl chi pan. around t he tenth to the. fHf+^«^n of 
, - ,^r'/^ TT- a\ ^-inniTir-d whether I 



mo^^v^ri Mnv+.hpnrt J. Michi gan, arouna t ne -oen-on t-ii^i 

.Tiiiv , IQ-^O. He advisedH linquird ^^hetherL 

woul d\ 7 for VJEST from a list 

which VJEST would supply her and ih trnicn 'would be vUoQd-^peaoQ 
tracts " advo cating the .»cessa tion -of this senseless jav Korea . 
I I stated^ ^further stated that "we" would mail 

the letters from WEBT's plaiS at Douglas ville, Georgia,. ■ 

on March 26, 195l J J advised thnt hf^r 



anticipa ted residence address wouia oe car« of Mrs.. i ■ 

I I Alabama-, and that her husband will be working and resid- 

ing in Kingsport,, Tennessee, where she ^^^.^ 
......Inn.. . rAtlanta lettfer to D irector, dated Marcfi 26,- 1951, b7c 

captioned 1 | SECURITr MTTER - C). 

It is requested that the Knoxville division disregard the lead 
set forth in report of SA JOSEPH C. HOLMES, dated February lU, . 
1951, in Atlanta, pending possible receipt of advice from the 
Mobile division th.fMrs. P l ^s visiting her 

husband at Kingsport, Tennessee. 

JOHN Oj;iLA, Route U, Douglasville,. Ge°rf^^>/?^i^f,^.f f ,t 
born in Ftoland, in March,, I878, and entered the United States at 
New York about March, 1908. He stated that he received his final 



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iODMINISTRAflVE PAGE (cont'd) 

citizenship papers in^ United States District Cpurt^ Madis6n> 
Wisconsin, ai»o\xnd 19lk or 191^, and stated that, he ^has been- 
active in the Socialist Party in Madison^. Yfiscbhsin, and 
Atlanta, Georgia* ^He stated that he was last employed as a 
tailor by George Muse Clo thing Company arid Park-Chambers Company,^ 
both Atlanta, and formerly resided at llU Harris Street, /^tlanta^ 
Georgia, OJALA emphatically stated that he has never been a 
member of the Communist Party « ' . ' 



Atlanta, Georgia, ' oh January 2', 1951^ 



Apartment Ji, 
advised that 



sub- 



sequent to October of nQcjo^ c-hP v^PiH a. 1 fitter addressed to DOMALD 

LEE WES T, which- letter was 'fromi 

Atlanta, Georgia, which contained the statement, have 



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been wanting to go back to Russia, but they £'11 say I would have 
no chance to get in and they all think I am- crazy for wanting 
to trade this wonderful 'America for hateful Russia," 



AT Ipa-5I9" 




M LUBBOCK, TgXAS 



.p.S'fei'lj'i. o-f' S iette-r from DOUALB LEE IJEST in July., 19^0. 

WMi Slitet^iai?' % ■<?'&faiii a g'^necl siaiettent ctiiieetning DONALD 

TlJ^f'g l^ttef aoit 5ti^ iryfotmation vfhich slie nt^ have rels^tm 
^biStlM^t ^Ec-y-vitfie? on tfee part of the subject,. 

flDU5LASVIIIE> GEORGIA 



till maintain contact with I "land ^ 

fegardit^ activities of subject and his' TArhereaJlouts . 

AT, kTLmTk,. GEORGIA. 

Will continue efforts to follow DONALD LEE IffiST^s activities 
through available informants* 



AT 100-^5^9 



INFORMANTS 



Confidential Informant T-1: 



SA JOSEPH A^. GULLEN3 New York 
City, New, York y vfho.wa.s nrft.sftnt 
during_ a search of | 



baggage hy ^United States 

Customs Officials at New York City 
on December lU, 19^0»' 



REFERENCE: Rejport of SA MILES L4 JOHNSEN-^- dated Februaiy 19 
195l^ "at San Antonio^ 
Bulet to Atlanta,. March 21,, 19^1 • 



t 



FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



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FiLENo. 1Q0-S$51 tncj 



REPOkT MADE AT 

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4/17/51 


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REPORT MADE BY . ^ 

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jVlTUE 

\ DONALD' LEE'^T, vras., 


CHARApTEROFCA^E 

SEOORITI- MATTER' 0 



SYN.pP'SIS'OF FACTS: 



ADMINISTRATIVE KEEORT 



DETAILS: 



Subject received mail briefly doirlng Max^oh,. 19§1 at Lubbock^ 
Texas, and on 3/30/51 had mail forwarded to Big Spring, Texas* 
On 4/4/51 had mail forwarded to lip ¥. Cypresa, San Antonio, 
Texas. Stop placed. 

- H U G ^ 



At Lubbock^- Texas ; 

Dallas T-1, 6f known reliability, advised that his. records 
reflect that Subject had his mai;i forwarded to Big -0pring^ Texas^, 
on March 30, 19§1, after receiving mail for a brie^ interval at 
LubbpQk. Cfei^ April A, 1951,> he requested that his mail be forwarded 
to no ¥. Qs^r^^ss Street, San Antonio:^ Texas.. T-l> advised that 
he will, probably be informed when Subject returns to Lubbock, 
if he does retoim. Upon receipt of such information he will notify 
the writer. 



REFERRED UPON GOMP] 





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FORWARDED; 



y SPECIAL. Agent 

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100-3551 
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LEADS 



. Copies .of this report, are designated for the Louisville Office and the 
' San' Antonio office sinqe information has been se^cured that Subject may be- 
a leader in the' Comraunist Party in Kentucky and the San 4ntonio office is 
Conducting investigation in an effort to establish his present address and 
employtaent* 

THE ATLANTA DIVISION 
At,. Atlanta: 



Will advise the Dallas M fice x^hen the stop placed ^-ath T-1 
joaay be removed* " 



' 100-8551 
DL 



IHFCSMANT PAGE 



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Dallas a?-l is 



Lubbock, Texas,^ whose 



identity is bei ng protected due to the fapt that the iiaformation furnished 
is edijtained in; 



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ESFESENGE: 



Report of SA 



Atlanta Letter tc Bureau dated 4/7/51^ 



Atlanta^ 4/7/51. 



D E S J F I CAT I Oil AUTHORITY DERIVED 
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PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE: REPORT MADE BY: 



DOmD BSIi-tsST, was., D9B,L^e iVest, Con Ves 
Severend Donald L. .7a3t,ljimhvebbJ jiia'.,'eava'? 





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CHARACTER OF CASE: 



SSGUIilTT raTTSR C 



IlfVESTIGATIVB 

SUMMARY REPORT 



ASTAILS: 



APPROVED AND 
FORWARDED: 



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DOHAlLi 1.3S^E-3T t^Wi^^ i^sides 110 .'est 
Cypress Street, l4fee^i> T:exas,/ ijaployed by 
Hoiae lassions Council of Hortn America, 127 
North Learborn Street, Ciaicago, Illinois, 
Informants advise subject ae-^ve in^eoples 
progressive farty of GeorgiaKritilMveaber, 
I9/4C), at Yfhich time subiaittea resignation as ^ 
co-chairaagj Disagreed vdtb HQ'ISR BATMS CHAS^ 
Mstrict Organizer, mstrict 31, OP, USA. 
Inactive in CP, USA mtrers since •Jlovedber, 19ij.8. 
Subject aoiiiitted CP, USA meiabership to an acquaint- 
ance during 19ij.8, Signea statemsnt obtained from 
another acquaintance reflecting subject tras a CP 
U8A ^aeaber* Subject ^a-ote articles for the * 
"Southern Far^iier" magazine ana farmed at flouglas- 
ville, Georgia until 1950. jjuring 19^0, accepted 
' positioni \nXa Houe IJissions Council of North XiHsrioa,. 
traveling extensively a-aong iuigratory workers . 
Subject active regarding a "peace appeal." ?isited 
his daughter in Cuba and returned to Texas, iviiere 
he associates \7ith knorm CP, USA members or sympa- 
thisers. Continues to trrite articles for the 
"Southern Fariaer" magaaine and also '-writes poeais. 

BaSIifS:-]? km BUSIMj^SS addessses 

Y>5£onf idential Infoimant T;i, of known reliability, 
j^jgn April 17, 195 1, aavis^^that on AprilN,i4-,wa;-g51^HEs= spaces 



SPECIAL AGENT 

\H CHARGE 



COPIES OF THIS REPORT FURNISHED TOr 

5 - BureaiKv (100-20596) 



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100-559 





WiiiST indiGated that he was residing at 110 ¥est Cypress 
Street, San Antonia, Texas • 

^;nf idential Inf ormajjt of knovm reliability, on Novem- 

ber 20;, 1950., advise^'that he had learned from an -onidentified 
employee of the Hom^ Mis;5ions GounGil of North America, 127 
North Dearborn Street, Chicago,, niinoia, that ^i^ST -yg-as 
presently enployed by the Home Missions Conntil of North 
America,, and that he was at that time in the State of Texas, 
and could be reached at General Delivery, IjUbbock, Texas* 
T-w2 further advised that WSST -^^s in a constant travel status 
for that organisation.* 

background; 

f idential Inf omant „%3^^ of nnfcnoTm reliability,. ,on April 
3.^ 195l> advis^that was elected for a third or fourth 

y§ar as Principal df Lula, High School, LuLa, Georgia,, but 
resigned his position to accept a scholarship offered by the 
Rosenwald Fund* 

^ ►nf idential Infojrmant ot unknov/n reliability, on April 

:?3> 195l^ was interview^yia connection Tdith another matter under 




_kivestigation^ ahd volunteered jjiform^^tion that TjEST | | 
I I during the summer of 19k&\ Lat 'Ogie- 



thorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia^ and j ^TBSf jn 



view of his past teaching record and the f act that he was a 
graduate pfQaleihorpe University* He advised that ^^'^^'^ was 
discbaro^Bdil Idufi t.n his frn'lnrfi.to comply with instructions 



of Oglethoipe tFniversity 



that 

should I I inasmuch as these 

editions might have an influence on the renutation of the school* 
He advised that ®ST ^fas discharge d| 1 19U8,^|)rior 

to the completion of his contract which required that v^^ST remaiiri 
on the payro33L following his dismissal* 

_j)nfidential Informant of unkno™\;f*eliability, on January 

.23^ 1950, adyiselJthat CQN£3'JiUCafvEST^ subject wife^ 

was teaching in me Ferriandina High School-, Femandiiia, Florida, 
v^^^nd that her 'oontract of employment would expire June ll;, 1950* 
U$^i^^ further adviseffjthat he was not acquainted with but 
believed he r esided in Georgia -^ He stated that Mrsit ^^^'^^-^ has 
Uro dau^iters j [ who live Bt Decker Apartments, 

Fletcher Avenue, Fern^ndina, Florida* fT^5 advise"3|that Mrs* 






¥^ST had Indicated to him that she vfould like to see her husband 
obtain a teaching position at Fernandina^ Florida, and mentioned - 
that her husts^and was obtaining a Master *s Degree somewhere in 
Georgia ♦ 

Confidential Informan t T-6 j of kno™ reliability.,, prior tp 
April 19^0, advisecl^that ¥/ES.T had yeiy few visitors and 
spent most of his time either working on his farm or 7>rritdjig 
at Dbuglasville,, Georgia. - 

jnfidential Infomant Pf known reliability^ prior to April 

^ky 19^0/ adTfise^that he had been in contact with INVEST frequently 
during the past eighteen months and stated that IfTEST is apparently 
liTring a quiet *lif e on his- f arm, although he had recently beeii 
to Feraandina, Florida to visit his wife/ 

Confidential Informant T-t Q^. of knoTvn reliability, prior to Sep- 
tember 30, 19^0 9 advised] that TffiST had been in Fernandina., Florida 
apparently during the week prior- to August 29, 19^0,^ inasmuch 
on this date, he advised that he was leaving Fernandina and could 
be reached at ^7 North Bearjhnrn ^Fit.rppt — nhir^^gn Pp Illinois* G-i 
further ^dYlfi^thvtt fiubificlJ Lmes atttending 



at 



Cuba. 



;^3dfidential Ihfomiant T-5> pr5:or to September 30^ 19^0., advised 
}itE*s». obtained permission to leave a few days early from her 

duties as teacher at Fern^diria High School, .inasmuch as she was 
going to Michigan to join her husband who was working among the 
migratory fruit pickers there. 




Ilr* 
July 



^Hapeville, Georgia, on 

??. 19^nr, advised that during the ^arly part of August, 19^0, 

and stated that he was employed in a traveling 

capacity by the Home Missions Council, the purpose of this organic 
zation being to provide education for the children of migratory 
farm v/orkers throughout the United States* 



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Confidential Infomant T-9^ of knovm reliability, prior to Decem- 
Der 29,' 1950, advise]Tjtthat IISST represented the Home Missions Council 
of North America, v/a's in Lubbock, Texas, brief ly, and that he conr^ 
tacted various , Prnf.pqftgnt. mi-n,i sters » |?->9 ■qt.^t.(^?jEST fl-npp^Ar>Pf^ ^^^^^S^ 
the company of | | Methodist! ^pa^oo 



at Texas 



Technological College, and that WST on Uctooer i^Y, addressed 
a meeting of Protestant ministers on the subject of a unified 
National CoTUicil of Churches in Lubbock, Texas*. 



] Atlanta-^. Georgia, on Ja 



advised that 




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lEST^s daughter waa attending school in Cuba^, and that sub- 
ject possibly visited her during Beceinber of 195©^ inasmuch 
as he received a Christmas card f roia WST postmarked Monterez, 
Cuba* 

Subsequent to Januaxy 9, 1951, | | advised TEST had returned 
to Texas 5 Tvhere he was traveling among th^ migratoj^r workers* 

COipjJN'IST , Pmn ACTiyiTIES AMD SBiP4THIES 



Tj^lt on ApjAI 2 3%. 1951^^ volunteeroiiJft^her information that 
l~ IlliiST cohcerning his background at the time I I 

I [ with Oglethorpe University, 

Atlanta, Georgia, during which conversation W,ST admitted . 

that he was a f oimer' member of the. CbiimuiiniSt Party of the USA, 

but had texmn^ted his affild^ation wiWa that organization during 

1936* 

The Communist Party IJSA has been cited by the Attorney General 
as coming within the purview of Executive Order 9835 ♦ 

Qonfidential Informants T-^lO and T-11, of unknown reliability^^ 
and ConfidentifiQ. Infomaht T-i?, of known reliability, p.ripr to 
M£Q?ch ii, 19^1-9, advised that TOEST was very active in the Peoples 
Progressive Party of Georgia during; October and Hovember of 191^8;, 
.and that 'WEST had been contacted iy NAl^OSS, his brother-in-r'law, 
Sputhg52n-035ganiZLex_ part3r;^.-USA, P^' three or four 

occasions, during the three months prior to October of 1948* T-10, 
T~ll, and T-12 further advised: that WST had not been very active 
ixi Communist Parfcy^j. USA matins during the periqd f rom October 
through December of 19U8«S" 



On Januaiy ia_125ll 



Apartment 3, [ Atlanta^ Georgia^ advised that 



persons most prominent pa the leadership of the .now de furt'ct 



, , peoples . Progressive Party of Georgia were ^ 

j l and HOMER BATE^XCHASE^ | | further stated tWo other 



persons took an active intereat in the Peoples Progressive Party 
and although they were not part of the tbp leaders hip ^ th^ were 
extrem ely active in progressive party* acti'viifcies^" | | 
named these individuals as | ~ descaibed 



by ^ 

USA, and 
fpmant 



as a sel£-radmi tted member of the Coimaunist Party,, 
ifffho., according to '^nf idential In- 



-21 of ^ khomi re.liability,, ^^qb a constant contact 



of mMm' BABES CHASE in 19k9 and 191^8* 




lof nartersvillej Georgia, on April 7:, 19^9-, 



J ■ w- WTT^ WT, , V- o , ^jr T t "^-r^ j 

advised l I was a constant contact of BOM ER' BATES' 

CHASE while I I wa s in Atlanta, and according: to[ 



I i Goxamuiaist Party,. USA, meetings in the 

al)sence of HOMR BATES CHASE*. 

Confidential Informant T--13, of known reliability, on De- 
cember 30, 19ii-7, advised th^t HOMER BATES CHASE was the Dis- 
trict Organizer j District #31, of the Gommanist Party ,USAi^>^ 

Confidential Inf bmant 'T^X3t further advised on November 8,, 
19i|8, that he attended a mfe^ting. of the peoples Px*ogressive 
Party of Georgia at 85 Alexander Street, A&anta, Georgia, 
oh November 6, 19li.8, and that- at this meeting, .DOHALD llfEST 
had submitted his written resignation as co-chaiman of the 
progressive Party in Gfeergia^ T-*l3 advised further that a 
motion was made at thfe jaeeting ahd .carried to table the 
resignation of yJEST. j' 



jc^identiai Infor4ii^t T-7, prior to- December 12, 19li9> 

.dvise|3that several articles which wefe written by ISST 
were published in the "Southern Earner ♦ 



In connection vatli TESTES reported contribution to the- 
"Southern Earner" magazine, the lejbter appeared in the 
tiLetters to the Editor" section of the Atlanta Constitu- 
tion on September 1^, 19^1-9 ■,. signed ^*K.S.,' Atlanta", 
and is set out . below* 




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"Tfeat Line? 

"I hate ^UBt read M^^this monthVs issue of SoutHera Farmer^ 
an ai*ticle by^j^^::^^!LT?rais±hg a certain Geoi^ia minister 
for being v^hat Mr» "IffiST calls a "practical Christian"* It/ 
seems ^ according to this article^ he earns this praise for 
attacking our foreign policy ^towaM Eussia^j believing peace 
can be ours if we T^ant it (meaning yre^ and not Russia, are to 
blame for the threat of war in the world);, for '^practicing 
Christian democracy" by fearlessly taking Negroes into his ^ 
churqh and in his hom^; for attacking the KKK, Columbian^ arid 
other *>Fascist" organizations (the Commtmist Party not being 
mentioned) • &v WST goes on to say this preacher has had 
the "honor" of being denounced as a Cgmmunist, thus indicat- 
ing this was a sign of his being rights 

"I ask you,^, is this pure Communist-rline propagaBda? lou 
answer it> . „ 

■•^To be sure one should have the right to criticize his -coun-^ - ^ 
tiy* But for a minister of the Gospel to turn aside from 
the faith and join hands with the Corpmunists., who are to- the - 
core haters of God and aH that is good,, onl7f proves that we 
are. in the t±ae spoken of in II Thes« 2:3, "the "falling away" 
among the be3.ievers" 

-^nf idential Informant Tr-lU, "vrho in the past has famished 
Reliable information concerning Communist Party,. U0A ^^ctiviti es 
-t.n i^f.TQTi-f.fl •nt>nnr' t.n 'np.r>P.rnhp>T^ 12, 19k9 9 advi^ed in July of 19 h9T\ 
I I who was very active, in jfeb.eJBeoples 

gressive JPartx^of Jl^oxgia^ and was f ormerly a close associate 
of tllS^y advised -Siat "DOil TffiST is provoking QHilSS and the 
entire group of the Peopled Progressive Party" 

•Confidential Tflformgnt pyipy to December 12., 19U9> 
advised that | |in the early- 
part of May, 19h99 and told him that MT EOSS had^ on his last 
visit tO' Atlanta j tried to get DON Y^ ST and HOi35R BATES J3MSE_ 
together r T-rl3 also quoted r~ I as stating th5t 'he,.L 



b6 
hi 



ahd B01T l"SvST were trying tb^^get rid of the Communist ijifluenee 
in the Progressive Party, ♦( 



tnfidentiai lofoarmant T-iU, prior- to December 12, 1911.9, advised, 
at an uhidentif ied informant had told him that IhIEST had 
stated that he, TffilST, had beeji dropped from ^the Communist .Party,. 
USA because he was ^'top rugged an individualist"* 



4T 




, formerly of Cartersville^ Georgia^ and rdip 

noyr reJsides ±n Atlanta,, Georgia, and who, according to 
his Q-wa admission, was reci*uited into the Ooinmunist Party, USA 
by HOMSR BATiSS GMSE, advised in the spring "of i9li9/that 
WST rras- not actively connected, with the Communist Party, USA 
in Georgia ♦ 

Confidential Informant T-^ll, and Confidential Informants T-13, 
T-lS, and T-I6., of knov/n reliability, adviseHthat had 
not been active in the Communist Party,, USA during the three 
m(3>nths period.ending September 30^, 19h9* 



he 
hic 



ilapevil le-.. Kenipg1:aj on JiiTy 'AW.. IVW. arlv-rRRd t.hat 



ms's h^fl hv^irah^-. TTnYR . BATES CMSE to 



A ±lanta. Georgia, and that CMJSE f 



[ I during 

advised that in the f ^-1 of 19ii8, he was again 



associated with "tfflST who at that tiiae was active in the Pro- 
gressive Party political, campaign* He advised that he severed 
relations mth WmR BAIEES CMSE., but^ maintained a friendship 
with "vVEST, inasmuch as TiE'ST told him that he had resigned from 
the Communist Party,. USA, and was no^ longer interested or, 
active in the_party^^s work* 



I I advised that on July 18 or 19, 19^0> he stopped at the 

roadside store just north of Jonesboro^ G^orgia>. on U» 

Highway luL, which s^t gvfi i<^l ^ 

and that at the time | f which 

she had received from W&ST postmarked Mor thport"~ Michigan,, 
armmr! fh a te nth or fifteent h of July,. \9^0^ I lacSvififid 



mduired whether 1 

]for lfffiSO?,frpm a list which wEST would 



supply her, and in which would be placed ^^peace tracts't, advd^ 
eating the "cessation of the senseless war in- Korea*" 



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Sk JOSEPH CTT^mqTCR. JR. ^r.4-.oV>.rn-owo/l f 



Hapeville Georgia^' 

on August 2S,3 1950.^- relative to his a^^ooi^i^on with th e infor-^ 
m%lQXi Q<?ng,grning Y&ST^ At that time 



.who is the 



furnished the follovfing signed statement: 



UAug, 28> 1950 * 
Atlanta, Georgia 



. 

Atlanta^, Georgia, give the ,folloTd.ng voliuitaiy signed statement 

to Special Agent .JOSBEH T,» SILVESTER^ JE..^ -^^lolias. identified 

himself to me as a. Special Agent* of the I'ederal Bulreau of Inr-. 

vestigation. United state's Department of Justice* I have been- 

inConned that I may have an attorney 'and that this statement^ may 

be used in a court of law* No Threats, promises or ijaducement 

ivere made to me* 

"During 19^7, 1948 and 1 9i^-9 I was, acquainted With HOMER BATES 
,Gp.SE, District Organii^er for the Communist Party tor the -State 
-of Georgia, and through him became acquadpted with many indivi- 
duals*. I -have toioWn DONALD. EES lEST since 19i|l and DON WST 
has- been kno'TOi to me as a me,lnber of the Gommunist Party* 

mmU BkTES. CHASE,, told m^^ th^f. nmvTflT.n t.-^v. T^rnggi ^as a member 



of the Communist Party* 



tol^ me that 




330N WEST was. a member of the Communist Parby but had .quit* 

/s/ 

"Witnesses,: 

/s/ W* MNTON IfASEEN,^ Sp Agt.FBI* ,Atlaata,Ga.,,8^28'r.50» 
/s/ JOSEPH SILITESIER, JR^^ Sp Agt*FBI,Atlanta^^ Ga*^ 

&^28-50*" 

C onfidential Informant f-? advised thaj^during^ the period from, 
.ugust 8., 1950- through, 0ctg)ber 17, 3.9^,'IEST was in touch with 
the foilo^ving 0;rgan:i2ation^ and pnbiications- Rumanian NeWs,. 
Washington^DS,. the Jugoslav Information Center^ 36.; Central park 
South, NewXprk City> the Legation of Ru33iania, T/ashi}T^Qn,IK3. ^ 

fl^nfidential Ixiformant T-17> of known reliability,, on December 
J^U> 1950, advise^ that the f plloivving poems^ had been ivritteia by 

"The Alien" 
"Little Scared One" 
"Another A"wful Stoxy" 

Q;.-I7 further advised] that the above listed peeps pgiMt a sad 
an\d pitiful picture of the life of small farmers and migratory 




AT 100-^59 

•workers* The pepni entitled "Little Scared One" contains 
the follo?/ing, introductory note: »Ta a church leader irfio 
signed a Deace petition^ thbn xmder prdssure.y backed domi 
and cried" was taken in by the Reds^ as if the ^Reds^ are 
the o3aiy ones who worked for peace." 

Doctor l~ I furnished two clip- 

pings from the ".Southern Farme'r", l^he- first clipping., appearing 
in the Navember, 1950 i^sue> ^ras entitled "The Genuine Article" 
by BON TiitST'.^ This article related DON TffiST^s alleged visit 
to one JIM RMHl^ of Lyndon,. Kentucl<y^, The article related 
that JBI aAMIN was riding; DOM WST around in the vicinity of 
Lyndon, Kentucky, and poiated out a l^GO acre esta-te which he 
said was owned by a Kentucky businessman who oimed it as a 
"hobby". fffiST quoted famer JM RflMIN as saying of the houses 
on this estate, "But among theSe mansions and fine barns are 
families living in shacks unfit for animals-. Babies have b^en 
found with their faces half eaten off by rats.. If I had ^ this 
land, I'd want to see it split up into little farms so people 
who need to could make a living on it." T.ffiS!E also quoted 
RfiMIN as follows: "Negroes-r-brought to this country in chains. 
Sold like cattle., still treated like animals in some places 
though we do take them to fight in our wars^." 

The other article entitled,, "They're Being Pushed Off the Lapd.*^ ^ 
hf DOW TffiST,. appeared in the January, 1901 issue of the "SQW^ern 
Farmer",. This article was written in the same vein as the above 
described article and depicted deplorable conditions among 
migratory workers in Texas and aaong small farmers in general „ 

Sanfidential informant T^lS^. of known reliability,„= on October 
'^0> 19^0, .adviseS3that ITEST, wlao v/as known to hp£ as the "poet 
of the revolution" had been in Sail' An tonio J 3?^as f or a week, 
or ten days and had jbeen staying with! I 110 'ifest vjv 

Oypress Street.. \[s<Pdescribedl |as a Communis t^rt^jraiS^ 

pathizer ±a the S&n Antonio area for a nimiber^o^'^f ars-^ ^nd* 
possibly a Communist Psrty,, ^SJk member 

^ JS^nfidential Informant $-.19, of knom reliabili^, on January 
"^^S^^ai, 1951^ advise^ that a meeting was held on tne evening of - 
January 21,, 19^1, at I28.?.fp.fit y.vfirFrfiCT fftvgg?tt San Antonio^ 




attended this 



'Texas, and,that ^1EST^d[ 

meeting* jE-^19 advised] that the purpose of the me.eting tos to 
hear VSST read his poetry,, and 1®ST spoke briefly concerning ^ 
his career as a minister in Georgia and his many experiences 



AT 100-55 




among ^^wetback" Mexicans and members of the Hegro mde^ who, 
he stated -were In the minority and are ill treated by the , 
majority groups. Orl9 advis^d7\that traveled quite a.( 
bit among the "wetSack" Mexicans and members of the Negro 
r^ce, and would possibly make a trip to Harlingen, Texas, 
and to the beet fields of Michigan in the very near future* 




misery of the "wetbacks" and Negjjoesi 




who according to 



Tt-19 further advised] that . . 

oiif idential Inf omant T-^2Q^ of known reliability, was a 
eadiiig member of the Gpmunist_parj)y, in San MtoniOj 
Texas.,, came to the meeting late apparently so he need not be 
introduced and brought with him a book which appeared to be 
a Russian information bulletin which had a larg^* nu mber of . 
pictures of Russian agriculture* Ft-^1^ advis^d^ jt hat l 
mentioned he came to^ the meeting because he liked to hear 
the :subject speak aiid read ppems. 

^Confidential Infomant T-18.,. on February 10.,. 19^1, advisedl'^ 
that he had ascertained that a book of subject ^'s poems had 
been published which was entitled "Glods of Southern Eartli^ 
by I30N ISSt, ^TrlB advise^ that this book was cop^T^ighted^^i^- 
by Boni and Gaef _^ Incorporated, 1^ East Fortieth Street, ' ' ^ 
New York 16^ New York, and was illustrated by H&RGLD PRIGEi 

^^l8 f urthei* advis^ the foreword of this book entitled 
"ilppreciatipn" sta^^ in part,; ""especially shoidld .l expreSs^ 
appreciation to..^.***^' and set out the names pf a number of 
persons, included among which was "To MMCI LOU'^OG-Eii who sym- 
bylizes the strength of character and mind of a dawning South*" 
^18 added adde^that this book contained a photograph of "^^EST ^ 
Joh the back cover. 

The following is the identification record for subject under 
FBI #8114-^05 ^ which record was made available by the FBI labora- 
tory: 



he 

hi 



coNmiBUTGR OF mm Jm mmsw or / • 

FraGERPRIWTS NUMBER RECEIVED ' CMRGE DISPOSITIOK 

Vr)y Phila, Pa., . DON liEST 3/15/3U svLSp. char-. jDischarged 

#i3-93l8 susp..: of larc. 

of a\ito 

■PD, kanville, .¥a. JA^S^TM , '. T/2Q/3k inv* rel.. 



^ PSEDOTG -i 



# 



AT 100-^^9 



I 

INFOEM&NIS 




J ItUbbock^ Texa&,, whose identity is being praji-ected due 



to the fact that thft iriforraation fiarnished is contained in 



Confidential lofbmant T-r^Zt A pretext t^ephone call to an 
unidentified employee of the Home 'Missions Gotmcil of North 
America^,. Central 6-ll6^,. by S& DMIEIL THOMAS* 



Confidential Infoimant 



Lula, 



„^ * • I I JJU^CL^ 

Georgia, who requested that his identity be kept confidential, 

Confidential Infomant T-di; Ogle^ 

thorpe Uni-vrersity, Atlanta, Georgia* 

Confidential Informant T^^t I 



^_^^„^_^^^ I Far3fiandina, ilorida, who 

requested that his identity be kepi> confidential^. 

Confidential I nfoxmant T-6i 
DouglaslraHe, 



ueorgia. 



Gonfident iaT Inforraant T-7: 



I)ougiasville> Georgia^ 




Confidential inf pitnant T-S,: 
Fernandina, Florida.* 

Confidential Bifomant 



Lubbock, Texas* 

whose identity is known 



Confidential Informant T-lO: 
to the Biireau-4 

eorifidentlal Infomant T-Il: AT 1338, whose identity is khovm- 
to the Bureau* 

Confidential Hiifprmant^ T«12:r AT l3i|Q^ whose identity is knoivn 
to the' Bttreau* 



iConfidfintrial Tnfnrrnflnt T-13: 

J Atlantk, ueorgxa^ wno nas on numerous 



occasions volunteered reliable information concerning Communist 
Party activities in Atlanta and in the State of Georgia* 



I1IF0BMA.NTS (cont>.d> 



Confidential Infomant TTtlk; f 



who has- requested his ident~ 



Confidential Informant I-Ht AT^13ii:2,y "v^hose identity is Imown 
to the. Bureau^ 



Confidential liifbrmajit T-16: 
to the Bureau. , 



■pffhpse identity is kno-wn 



Confidential inforpiaht T^t SA JOSEPH A. -nrrr.T.™, ivw ^..-ri^ n^.-j-j^ 
Uew ypr k^ "vAio i?lras> present during a searqh of [ 
] baggage by tJnited ^^fcates custom offic j - — " " ' 



City on December 14, 1950> 
-CoirCidential Informant T->l8v f 



axs az mw lsovi£ 



wuu i^equeyi^a iiia lasntity remain confidential,. 



]saa Antonip^^. Tpxas, 



ryiiiai-u jcscjiu lu^ntial* 



flnnf i Hfinti,ai Tjnf omant f-19t 

San Antonip^ yexas,, T/?no requested her identity 



Confidential Informant y^Qn : 
to gA | 



Confidential Siifprmaht, T-21: 
to' the Bureau*^ 



■vifiio furnished infpx^aatioh 
whose identity is kno-wn 



ESSERMCEj _ Report Q.i SA 



dated k^2k^$l 



a 



DECLASSIFICATIOn AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM: 
FBI AUTOIIATIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE 
DATE 06-18-2010 



ForaaouKo. 3 

This case originated at 



File No. 



RtPORT MADE AT; 



DATE WHEN MADE: 



PEFUOD FOR WHICH MADEt REPORT MADE BY: 



Feverend ^.onalcl 





CHARACTER OF CASE; 



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L tract ^^^fe^^efr^ 7i.^;:a£i» .Cvloyec' by 



ikuu iasc.iciJas Council of ][:ortu ^^.rlea, 127 
'jaibrriCiPts Mvise mb^uot active infaoplea 

Inuotive iii Gl^^ l&A ^at qvb aiViCe T;:^Tr:l:or^ lulu* 
;;ub,ji Dt auaittad cr^ U:'A rie:d;eri.\aJ,r)i to txii ao^^^uaUA^ 



reatUw^r;; ./ar^.or^^ r^a'iw^^ano a^^iv '-4 



'y:illo, Ccor£i^ uatil l/^0» v^^ii^:: 19pO^ ucQcpto4 
ffoaltion Kith Uoiae iiiJ:^Biun6' Coimail of llorbix .\riericfa>^ 

fatjcot cctiY0 rv:^gardins a "poaco m al/^ Viwited 
Mb dau :hter in Cuba anu returned to Sci-ras, >?uu;r(ss 

tuieers* Contlrue3 to write artiolen for the 

*m J* ^ 



-on April 17| Ipglj rmlm^ tVrt nn /pY^I. lS?h 



APPROVED .AND 
FORWARDED; 



SPECIAt. AGENT 

IK CHANGE 



RECORDED AND INDEXED: 



COPIES OF THIS REPORT FURNISHED TOJ 



5 - DWoau (100-2O3?<>) 
3 - iltl&tita 



BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 



CHECKED OFF; 



ROUTED TOi 



FILE 



7—1933 




• UNITED S 




PVERNMENT 



SUBJEC*E:. 



MBECTOR^ FBI ^ May 21^ 1951 

SPO:, CHICAGO 

DO^^-^^E? t^ST^ was 
SEGlfjTY T_?;T^TE ^G. 
•(Fuf ile 100-2Q396) r ^ 

Rebulet dated ?Iarch 21^ Ip^l* RefereB^.e is also made to San ilntonio^s 
letter to Chicag:o dated Kay 1, 195^1 entitled ^^Home liissions Council of 
Morth Araerica^ IS - C». 

_ Referenced biilet instrticted the Chicago Office to advise as to the feasibility 

*T«ii ^^sP^ establidiing coverage of the subject^ s itinerary through his employer^ 
Home Iliasions Council of North /onerica, 12l lorth Dearborn Street., 
S K^Ohicago^ Illinois. , 

C*?^ ^|lu this connection^, the 'Bureau^ s attention is directed to Chicago letter 



5^ ^lfl/?tfid Au^3.fit ??. ].9^0, in vrhicJn Yrafimntainfid t.hfi inf orjiation thai Lir. 

O S >J I advised SA GUY HILL 

C^ &S^^'' on Augus t 19^0 thrt tllg^l In-f ^^nnn^r^ n-r^cr,r.T.-iao+.-Tnr. 

J consisted Of 



CKT |<yK''^^*''^"'^®^'^"^i^P' is ^s*^ directfSd to the report of SA DA^IISL IWj'MS dated Kovem- 
vr3 *^ t)er i?50 et Chica^^o^ wixerein it 'vms rouorted that a pretext telephone 



and 



conversation vd.th an unidentified employee of 'tiiis organisation elicited 
the information that the subject* s itinerary vras not icnoim to the inforiaaat. 

^^"^"^ "^-^^^ "^^^ mBll Si7.e of the Chic go branch of the Home Ilissions 
T'T ^^[CJQuncil of ?Iorth Araerica and their lack of knowledge of the subject's 

projected movements^ rfmn recently contacted^ it is believed unadvisable ' 
' / to etteivpt coverage through tlifs medium. ' 

On V^j 11^ 19^1 SA RiCf'l^Rn J, MJUZR, under pretext^ telephonically con- 
tacted sn unidentifed yranan at tho Home Missions Council and ^v.^s advised 
. that vfhile ItTEST travels extensively throughout Texas, he ±B maintaining , \ 
: a base of oper^rtions st the home of friends and checks in vfith them every ^ 

few days. She furnished the address of theae friends as 110 v;est Cyoa^ess 
Street, San Antonio, Texas i 



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For the information of the S/^n 'A ntonio Off±aB^ Thp; 
no information identifiable t/ith 



hicago files contain 
nor is there any 



indication of Communist influence in the Home ITiv^sions Council of Worth 
America* 

uto further action in this mafeter vdll be tePien hj^-UiXB office unless advised 
?to the contrary by the Eui;eau«^ ' , , 



RUG 




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STArtDARD FORM NO. 64 



' ^ffi^^ ^^C^Of^nduM • united' STAGES GOVERNMENT 



DECLASSIFICATION AUTHORITY M1I¥1D FROM 

FE^4UT0imTIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE 

DAiBfce-is-zoio 



TO 



FROM 



SUBJECT 




Piirect'or, FBI 



DATE: 



\kQy Atlant a 
^^DONALD IE§^'WEST> wsis DonJLge 

SECURITY MATTER 
(BixCile lod-20396) 





Jfey 2?., 



be 

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Rerep SA[ 



] dated at Atlanta,, and 



03. 



4 











































V 










4 





San intonio letrter to Mev/ Orleans^ 

For the information, of '^he Mobile: iDivision^^, "WEST is a Security 
Index Subject^ Atlanta Division origin^ and has written numerous 
articles and poems published by the "Sou:fchern Famer"'> Mdnt^dnery, 
Alabama, Subject, in 'l9jky wrote a poem entitled ^^Listeri,- I Am- 
A Comnranist"., vjhich poem appeared in the "Daily Worker"! was listed 
by the. Communist Party during 1937 as Georgia born organizer of _ 
the Qommunist Party in .Kentucky. Informants advised subje^ct be- 
cane a Communist in 193U'> was a member during IShS^-h^.y close.ly 
associated with Communist. Party members and sympathizers in 
Atlanta, was active in now defunct Communist Party infiltrated 
and dominated Progressive Party of Georgia-.. Subject admitted 
Comjnunist Party member's.hip to- an acquaintance ih'19U8; has asso- 
ciated with Communist Party members or sympathisers In Texas 
during repent months, ■•;vhile enployed by Home Missions Counsel 
of North Ameripa, Chicago, Illinois.> and traveling extensively 
among migratory workers in the Midwest ; 

I ^ 

On May Ih, ISS^A • I h 

^ Georgia-, advised that on May 11, 19^11 | 

telegram from Fernandin^, Florida, which read as follows: 




"We plan to drive to Atlanta after school today and would like 
to stop by to see you folks* DONALD, is driving* 

(Signed) C^JSTANCEilj{^^ 



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1 



aivised subject, his wife and daughter, tIETTYj arriyed .at 

I in their 19it8 or 19li9,, light gray, tudor Fleetline 
Chevrolet, at approximateir 10:00 P*M^, on May 11, 19^1^ He 
,^advised subject mentioned he was still employed by the Home 
^Missions- Counsel of North America> Chiqago,: Illinois^ but that 
I I of the "'Southern Farmer" magazine,, Mont gonery, . . 

RECORDED ■vS- 1 \ \^^ 



FBH/ds 
100-559 




c/c Dallas (lOOr.855) INDEXED. ■ 39- 

" San Antonio (100-7986) , \,. 
Miami (100-3: 
Mobile 

^ew 0i*leans wesosa^i^a 
ihicago ( 100-7192 > t^'^^ 




COPIES DSSTilOTEB^^:^^^;*;^ 




: 



Atlanta, 100-559 




Alabama, had offered him a full-^time job^ #iich he intended to 
accept in the hear future^ He state.d that subject mentioned he 
would travel extensively throughout the southeastern ^states> in 
•an effort to build up subscriptions to the "Southern Famer" 
magazine, and he planned to visit iniral churches offering them 
certain pecuniary benefits for subscriptions to that magazine 
obtained through their efforts* 



I advised that subject^s wife mentioned she intended to com-^ 



plete the present school year as a teacher at Fernandina, Florida, 
but had been offered a position with the Jacksonville, Florida 
pubHc schools,, and was seriously considering, accepting a teach-r 
ihg position in that city* 



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I J advised subject, his wife and daughter departed 

l at 7 5 30 A^HUy May 12, 1951, and subject stated he intended 
to visit his, mother, at Blairsville> Georgia^ over the week-end, 
drive his wife back to Fernandina, Florida> inasmuch as she had 
to-.be at work on May li|, 195l> and that he would leturn to Lubbock, 
Texas, before accepting the job- at 'Moatgomaiy, 'fliabafn^^ 



The Dallas Division is reouest ed to maintain contact vdth , 
I I Lubbock, Texas, with whom a stop. 



has been placed in-order, that change of address may be presently 
ascertained. 

* ' he 

It i s requested that the San Antonio Division maintain contact . :b7c 
.with I , 1 



San Antonio, for inform.ation 
'regarding suoject's activi-oies xn'that area, and possible departure 
for Montgomery, Alabama, to accept a position with the '^^Southern 
Farmer" magazine. 

The Mobile Division is requested to discreetly attempt to 
ascertain whether subject has accepted full-time employment with 
the "Southe3;:n Farmer" magazine, and possibly determine his.anti^ 
cipated arrival date at Montgomery, Alabama, 

The- Miami Division will, through confidential informants, attempt 
to ascertain subject's destination .following his departure from 
Fernandina,^ Florida, after leaving his wife in that ci-^, and any 
information concernijig fut\jre plans* 



Copies of this letter are being furnished the Chicago and New Orleans 
Divisions for infbmation purposes, inaanuch as subject was reportedly 



Atlanta, 100-5^9 




planning to work in the vicinity-: b£ Hanmqnd, Loui.siana and 
may terminate his employment with *the Home Missions Counsel 
of North itaerica, of Chicago, Illinois, 



« 

0 



SnfANDARD FORM NO, 04 



DECLASSIFICATION AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM: 
FElgkJTOZIATIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE 



' ^ffi^^ iS/hmofandum • united st^es government 



TO 



FROM 




\ Director^ FBI 

I (J|^^^fc5iegal Attache^ Havana^ Cuba 



DATE: June 22^ 19^ 
Havana^ Cuba^ 



SUBJECT: 



DOmn) lEETJEST, was. 
SEGURITZ MTTER - C 
Bufile 100-20396 



FOIM' II ^ 1^2^2<^fjS. 




Eebulet March 21, 195I0 



has determined thatT 



ALL INFO5jy«^I0KK!ONTAI^ 
HERwfS UNCLASSbsc^ EXCEPT 
SHOWN OTHERWI^ 

through ^ source .available to him in£ 

I has beenT 



She v/a.q rPtpn-rtpH tn he [ 



more freedom than 



"fcn thef 



Cuba , 

ZZLl 



] and to have considerably 



She was said to have 



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taken a number of pictures* In December;, 1950^ she was visited by her 
mother and her sister, but it was impossible to obtain their exact names as 
•hb ev A-nrtaren tly stayed at the_ school and were not registered in any hotel 



xn 



3^^ 



Informant' s source reported that 
8, 1951, and that she v/as said to be going 



tot 



lleftf 



1 on June 



Florida. ^ A check of outgoing a irline pas senger lists in Havana around this 

jlef t Cuba from Havana by this 



] 



date has '^f ailed to confirm that 
means*]^(^ - ^ 



Follovving is a description of 



furnished by source: 



Name 



be 

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y 6" 

125 Ibso 

Green 

Blond 



An extra copy of this letter is attached for for^varding to 
Atlanta, the office of origin in this case* 



Height 
Weight 
Eyes 
Hair 




CDA.; JES 
100-167 




6? • VM^^Z^^ ' 





FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



THIS'CASE'ORIQINATED AT 



EEeORT MADE AT 



" " DAIIiAS, . TEXAS 



DATE.WHEN MADE 



PE(?IOD FOR 
WHICH-MAp^ 



REPORT MADE BY 



1)6 
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"TiTLE 



DdJilLD LEE' 



0 



CHARACTER OF CASE- 



SYNPPSI.5 




Subject has not returaed to Lubbock;, Texas ^ 
since April^ 1951 • 



fSJG - 



At Lubbock, Tems 



Coniidential Infomai^ts T-1 aJtict of loaovjn reliability^ 

each advised that they have not had ccntact Vv-ith subject since about 'April 
19^1^ when he ad vised, that he advised that -he jyouM' be in San. Antonio.^, Jexas^ 
tA 110 Th Cypress Street'* These inforjuants stated that they believe he vronM 
b.e in contact ?Ath them if he had' returned to Lubbock.* , . . • ; 



- E3PERESD UPdl GCIPLB^ICH TO THE CPFICB 0? DRI&IH - 




HERStW IS, WCLPSStBED 





APRROVED AND^ 
^FORWARDED: 



•DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES 



T^T^^aTT^ 



RECORDED - 153 



CORIES OF THIS REPORT 



,5 ~ Bureau { 100-2039 6) 
(3 - Jitlanta (100-559) 
12 - Daliaa 



COPY IN FILE 




V> S." GOTIBNUEKT TKIHTDra OITIOB 7 — 203(( 



PL XOOrS551 



Confidential laf ormnt^ f^l and T-2 are 



and 



hi 



1 labboclc^ Tercas-, uhose identity 



is iiiaintained confidential sinoe infor- 
mation furnished comes from their re- 
cords ♦ 



RISKSHSIICS: Atlanta letter to Bureau dated 5-29-51. 



(1-10.49) 



DlCM^IFiCATIOH AUTHORITY DERIVED FIOH: ^ 
FBIllPrOKATIC D E C LAS S I F I CAT I ON GUIDE 
TE ' 06-15-2010 



FEDErM bureau of INVESmATION 

NO FILE NO. 100-13779 




Form No. 1 

THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT AIL&NTA, GEOEGIA 



REPORT MADE AT 

NM ORLEMSy LA* 



DATE WHEN 
MADS 



PERIOD rOR WH 

6^3Ci-5i 6-20^,27^ 




ay>RTMADESY 



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:1 



1 



GTCrdc 



DONj 




leeS&st, ^^^BB^^^^^ 



CHARACTER or CASK 



SECURITY MATTER - C 



LxJI 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 




No information developed that subject has been ^ ^ 

in the area of Hammond, La,, during recent weeks. 



'OmnON CONTAINED^ 




CXai 

Reason-F 
Dat 




DETAILS: AT. HAMMOND, LOUISIANA. 




'em- 



view advised the writer that he was a[ 



Iperrone Bu ilding^ u pon inte rs 
laihong the I I 



growers 



o 



of the Hammond area ,^nd that he sees a number of these growers 
quite frequently inasTfmcl ^ as thev ^ bnie to him for advice on legal, finan- 



mch_ 

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^stsited he has never heard of the namg 
the other aliases used by the subjeci and he. 



^^'Cial and other matters 
^ ^TJONALD' lEE WSS or any 

^"^did not/believe the suboeclb has been in this particular section of the 
State of Louisiana, 




Sergeant 



The writer also in terviewed ^ 

ammond police Department and | of Hammond* Sgti»< 

e has never heard .of iiie name DONiJID ifiCEST pr aiiy of the 
by the :subject» 

AT WATALmNY. LOUISIAM 



of 




stated 
aliases used 



Natalbany, advised the^ write]^ 
r\n mrj) m ^'^ JIM lEIiVER, m:M WEBB, 
^stated that during the 



of the nameis „ , 
by the subject 

large number of the itinerant strawberry pickers 



it he has never heard 
any aliases used 
f-awberrv season > a 

as 




5"BurS«l!F(J=IOT&g^5^> 
3-Atlanta (100-^59) 
1-Saa Antonio (Info.) (100-7986) 
2r-New Orleans 




PROPERTY OF FBI - This confidential report anS, its contents are loaned to you by 
y^Tihe FBI, ^and^are no.t^ to be distributed outside of agency to ^^ch loaned. 

'■•'^IStflU^'^ COPIES DECTRnvT?:^ fA^^ 4 0 /( 




NO 100-^13779 



well as a large .number of the- strawberry growers themselves > and he be- 
lieved that if any person did come from' some other. section into this, 
area and began contacting the working class, of people, he would certainly 
hav.e known about it^ either through gossip or through various other sources. 

AT TICKFM> ;IOUISI/>WA 

] advised he does not 



recall eve.r hearing the names WEST, WEAVER pr]j/vpB^p^^^ 

AT HAMMOND', lOlTISIANA ^ ^ ' • • 

I ' ^ informed that he has 

never' heard of the name DONALlT'lEST, nor has he heard the names^^Bjll^- 
or' WEAVER. ^ ' 



I advised he has never 

he names DONALD Lfet; WteSr,|J£lM WEBBJ)r JIM WEi^VER* Mr* I 



heard of ^ 

related that he did not believe the subject- has ever been in this area, 
otHervriLse> he feels certain that he would have been advised one way or 
another concerning this facto 

AT. SPRINGFIELD, . LOUISIANA 



be 

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\ no route or box number) advised he^ 
comes in contact with practically eve3y .grower in Tangipahoa Parish, 
and that he is quite positive 'subject has never been in this area^ 

REFERRED UPON COMEEETION TO- THE OFFICE pF' ORIGIN 



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NO 100-13779 




ADMINlSTRi:TIVE 



One copy of this, report is being furnished to the Sari Antonio 
Office in view of the subject's activities in that area. 



REFERENCE: 

Letter from Sah .Antonio to New Orleans dated May 11^ 19^1 • 

Report of SA JOSEPH T. STLVESTER,- JRf^ dated August/9> 19U8, 
at Atlanta, Georgia. 

Letter from Atlanta to Bureau dated May 29,, 1951 « 



(1-10-49) '^ 



D1CL4SSIFICATI0M AUTHORITY DERIVED FROH 
FB-jJfcrTOIIjlTIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE 
DAlB:i6-lS-Z010 



FEDERAL BURE 



OF INVESTIGATION 



FORM No. 1 

THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT 



ATLANTA 




100-559 GOV 



REPORT MADE AT 



ATLANTA 



DATE WHEN 



8/21/51 



PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE , 

7/2i20,2i4,27j8/2 
7,8/51 



DONALD 'EEE WEST, ^s.. ^J^^;^^:^^ BOuWe 



MADE BY 



1 

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CHARACTER OF CASE 

SECURITY MATTER - C. 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 




'DETAILS: , <\^^ ' 




Acquaintance advises 'DON LEE 'iffiST employed bj^ / J^i^l 
"Southern Parmer" magazine, Montgomery, A^Bb^^^^^t-^l I 
Subject continues tp travel extensively throughout 
southeastern states 

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|2n April 28, 19^1^ Confidential inform^t T-l> of 
known reliability, adviseEJ that J0NJiOl§l^^^^J6^ 
recently gone to Haimaond, Louisiana,, where he planned 
to work among the migratory workers in the strawberry 
district surroun ding Haimnond. Louisian a^ T-1 advised 
that subject had I | withE 



110 West Cypress Street, San Antonio, Tezas^ since 
October 10, 1950.. 



nh May 11. 19*^^.. 



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advised that he. 



froni 



] Georgia, 

stating that he 



had 

was coining to Atlanta, Georgia, and woxild stop in 
Atlanta on the night of May 11^ 



jn May 11, 1951, Confidential informant T^2, of khom,^ 
reliability-,, advise^ that subject was employed by the^ 
Home Missions Council of North America, traveling 
extensively throughout Texas, and was maintaining a base , 
of operations at 110 West Cypress Street, San Antonio, 
Texas^ the home of a friend. 



On May lii, 195lJ 



APPROVED AND 
FORWARDED: 



r/nnPY in^fh f 



COPIES OF THIS REPORT 



f- Bureau (100-20396) 
~ Chicago (100-7192) 
2 - Mobile 

2 ^ San Antonio (100-7986) 



kECQRDtP ' 29 




INDEXED 29 



PROPERTY-^OF 



i^donfidential report and its contents are loane<^-fo*Jy6u by the FBI and are not to be 



^^^"SEp^^ *^'s^^'buted outside of agency to which loaned." 



U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OmCE 



COPIES DESTROYED.^ 




w ■ 



fill 

Mi 
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o 
K 



AT 100^$59' 




]from Fernandina^, Elorida> which read as 



he 

f ollovre } 

"We. plan, to drive tq Atlanta after school today and would like 
to stop by to see you- folks .DONALD is driving.. 



Signed .COMS'TAUCEitfrt/ € ^ 



ptated subject.' his ^vife^ and daughtexj ^ ^ 

I T in- -their IshQ av 19h9' light grayV tVo 'aoor> .fleet line 

Cheyrolet 'at approximately '10 P.M.- .oh May 11, 1951.^ He, advised 
subject mentioned he was 'still employed by the Home M issions 
nminA-ii nf North Araeriqa, Chicago Illinois y but that ] 

o£ the "Southern Farmer" magaaine,. -Montgomery , Alabama, 



had offered him a fulltime job which he intended to accept in the 
near future* He stated that subject mentioned he would travel 
extensively throughput the southeastern 5;tates in an effort to 
Kuild up subscriptions to the "Southern 'Farmer" magazine, and he 
planned to visit rural churches, offering them certain pecuniary 
benefits for subscriptions to that magazine obtained through their^ 
efforts; 



advised that subject ^s wife mentioned she intended to complete- 
the present school year as teacher at Fernandina, Florida, but had 
been, offered a job with the Jacksonville, Flox'ida public Schools, 
and was seriously considering accepting a teaching position in that 
city*. 



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n advised subject, his mfe, and daughter departed from ! ] 
7.^n A n/f on no\r 19. 1q<T '^inri '^^nh npnf. Rf.af.wd hfi intended 



_at 7:30 A.M> on May I23 1951,' and subject stated he intended 

to visit his mother at Blair sville, Georgia over the week-end,, 
drive his wife^ back to Ternandina, Florida, inasmuch as she had 
to be at v;ork on MSty ll|> 1951 ^ and that he would return to Lubbock, 
Te!K:as before accepting the position at Montgomery, Alabama • 



he 
hic 



i/lr; ! n Lul a^ Georgia^ adv is ed that DOW WEST was 

.observed to have visited F | [ home, in Lula, 

Georgia^ one night duri ng^ the- v>reek of May '^u, iyi>l* He advised 
WEST apparently visited ] [ for a fm hours and yms driving a 

Chevrolet automobile with Illinois license plates 

^ior to June 19, 19^1^ Confidential Informant T-^^^ known relia- 
^lityj^ advised that subject picked up mail in care of General 




AT 100^559 




Delivery, FeTj'nmriifta. Florida b n jline h. 19^1.- ff'^ jf^ther 

J had been I , . ^ , ^ J 



adv-isnd that 

I San Antonio, 
advised that subject 

lU, 195l> advising .that' he could be reached in care of General 
Delivery, Pine 'Bluff , Arkansas ♦ 



Texas to Fernandina, Florida. jT-^ further^ 
departed from Fernandina,- Florida on. June 



Fernandina, Florida, 
on June 12, 1951, advisea that subject »s wii'e had -resigned from 
her position with the school system in Fernandina, Florida, and 
had accepted a position -with the Superintendent ^f Public Instruc- 
tion for^Duvall County, Florida for the next school term, 

rprior to July 2, 1951 i Confidential Informant known 
reliability, advised that subject vras in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on 
June 23, 1951^ and advised tliat he could be reached in care of 
General Deli very >. Harlingen, Texas* 

prior to June 22 > IQt^l >^ n onf idential T^nf ormant-T-g ^of knoTO 

reliability,, advised^ T/hat I ^ Vm^ 'Virfnn 



be 

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1 locatec i at 



ii.d ing thel , ^ -.li l, 
in I I Cuba ^ Jrr5 adyise'd -thaH |/was^ \ 



1 and had con siderably more freedom- ;that 



other girls I I T-5 advised that subject daughter 

.took a number^or pictures while in Cuba and during December of 
1950 she v/as visited b y he r mother a nd her sisterv T-5 further 



advised that ] lpn J^ne 8,, 1951,, and was 
reportedly enroute to| | Fernandina, FLbrida,j^ 



on June 27, 19^1 J ^ 1 Georgia, 

advised subject had definitely accepted a job with the ".Southern 
FaftTier" magazine, Montgbmeiy, Alabama^ at a salary of |650^00 per 
month, plus expenses* He advised subject^^s wife is traveling with 
subjefet this sumraer and that she intends to teach at Jackson ville>. 
Florida durin g the fall of 1951.^ He further advised subject^s 
presently has a job in Chicago, Illinois, and his 



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daughter HETTIE is in music school at Teachers -College, Talla- 
hassee Florida. 

Oh June 28, 195l, Confidential informant T-6, of -known reliability, 
advised] th at on .Tune 1. 195l. sub.iec t indicated that he could be 
reached at I TSan Ant onio, Texas, or through 

Georgia. 



3 



AT 100-559 



Oh July 2> 1951^ Confidential Informant -T^Ti/ of 'unknom reiiabi'lity^y, 
edvis^^that approximately two weeks ago subject had made a visi-ti^ 
to her residence, staying for approximately two hours^ 
departure, advised he was enroute to Macon, Georgia^ i^irther^'^^ 
advised that sub;ject^s daughter HETTIE was with him at that time* 



<^ri»^7| father advised that subject had written a new book of poems 
'^ entitled "The Road Is Rocky". 

The following investigation was conducted ^by SA JOSEPH c; HOLMES r 



Sheriff MACK AEERGR0M3I E. Dou glasville. Georgia, M,Q?A that 

J Georgia, telephohically con- 



tacted him and advised he was holding an individual who had 
broken into lEST^s home« ABERCROMBIE a dvised that he proceeded 
to subject's farm>, took into custody one[ 



and placed him in the Douglas n^MliZ-Jail on a charge of breaking 
and entering.. He adyised that i I claimed to be a friend of 
DON WEST, that he had previously attended the Unitarian v^ork oan^ 
which was conducted by DON l^JEST on WEST'S farm during the suimner 
:pf 19hQ., 



on July 2U, 195l,.| | Douglas County Jail,, 



Douglasyille, Geor giat advised that h e was a native of Hingham, 
Massachusetts, was ] | and left his home several 

weeks ago for a trip throughout the southern states ♦ He advised 
that approximately one week ago he spent a day or two at the Uni- 
tarian work camp at Monteagla, Tennessee, where some individual 
whose name he did not recall,^ told him that Wl l WTT^T w a^ presently 
living on his farm near Douglasville, Georgia* | [ advised 
that he first met DON WST in the summer of 19l4tS, at which time 
he spent a month attending the Unitarian work camp which was con- 
ducted by iX3N WEST, oh the WEST farm in, Douglas County, Georgia* 
,He s tated that since that time he h as corresponded several tines 
with ] - - "| but that he has had no cor- 

respondence vri. th DON WEST. — He adVxsed that when he left Monteagle,, 
-Tennessee,, he was practically out of funds and decided he would 
call on the mST family for assistance in getting employment to 
,pbtain funds to continue his trip* 

I [ advised that upon his arrival at the WEST farm he noted that 

apparently a number of repairs were being made on the WEST house 
and assumed that -some members of the WEST family were liying there,, 
.but were away f rom^ home o He advised that he entered the WEST .f ax^puse 
■^y r^ntoving a v/indowpane, took .a nap, and an hour or so later when 



AT 100^55'9- 




he ma de his exit through the window he was detained by a Mr., 
I I who had a shotgun and who ordered him to wait for the 
sheriff,. 

I I advisfed that during the month he spent with DON lEST in 
19ltB, he worked on WEST'S farm.- He stated that the work camp . 
was in no sense a school,- that TOST made no lectures^, and held 
no study groups ^ but, that in numerous conversations with VjEST, 
he received the impression that TltEST was a f abid . reformer who 
seemed intent- on doing away with all racial pre-judice and dis- 
crimination .against members of the negro race and on improving bvc 
the conditions of the poor' farmer class.. He advised that as part\ 
of the work program, he and the other young men and women .who ■ ' 
attended the work camp took a tour through Georgia, accompanied 
•by DON 'WEST, and that on several occasions during this tour 
they\raet pebble who knew DON -TOST by reputation, ' He adyised that 
several of these unrecalled individuals made inquiry of Tf^EST as. to 
whether he was a Communist or not,,, but stated that he ^lever heard 
THIEST admit or deny that he was a Gbramunist* 

iGh August 2, 1951, Sheriff MACK ABEBCROMBIE advised, that he had 
received a telegram from subject dated July 30, 195l> at Bonham, 
Texas,, which advised that he' di d not wish to prefer any charges 
against |~ I for breaking and entering his resir- 

denoe. He advised tha,t as a result of this advice from subject,. 
I [ ffas fined a nominal amount and released, 

x^h August 2, 125l> Confidential informant T-8, of known reiia= 

Tfj ^ilitv.- advised that subject cquld presently be contacted at| | 



be 

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San Antonio j Texas , . 
- PENDING - 



5 



ADMINISmTiVE PAGE 
LEADS' 

.CHICAGO.. DIVISION 
AT1CHICA(B,.„ ILLINOIS 

Will conduct appropriate investigation to determine -whether suboect 
'Has- actually tenninated his employment vath the Home Missions. 
Council .of North America^- Chicago.^. Illinois |, 

MOBIll!.jiyiSION 

AT MONTGQIffiHr,..ALA.BAMA 

Wiii conduct appropriate investigation to verify subjecf^'s employ^ 
•meht with the "Southern Farmer" magazine j Montgomery, Alabama^; 
4rid endeavor to establish a source of information as to the 
activities and itinerary of subject inasmuch as investigation 
indicates .he will continue to be in a constant, travel status-* 

SAN . ANTONIO . DIVISION 

AT„SAN. ANTONIO, .TEXAS- ' ■ ' . 



Will maintain .contact with , 

finpioyers Association-,- 1037 Milan Building^, ror mrormation regar?!- 
ing subject's activities in that area,; inasmuch as current inyesti-s 
.gation- indicates subject ±'s presently in that area.. 

ATIANTA^DlVISlON b6 

Af.. ATLANTA,. GEORGIA 

lill continue efforts to follow DONALD LEE WEST'S activities through^ 
siyailabie informants and sources of information,*, 

A$..DOUOLASVILLE ^...JSIOHIIA 

maintain contact T,vithl l and I „ , . ] 



his whereabouts*. 



regarding activities of subject and 



6 



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AattNISTBATIVE VAGS (cont'd) 
- iNFDRIiaNTS 



eonfidential Informant T-1; 



Antonio,. Texas whose identity, shpuia be protectee;* 

Confidential informant T-2: pretext telephone call on May li>. 
1951 by SA RICHAH) BAI{ER to the Home Missions Council of North 
America, Chicago,) Illinois 



Confidential Informan t T^3:[ 



Y/hpse identity should be protected. 



;CdD£idential .Inform ant T^li: [ 



be prptected. 



^Confidehtiai informant Trr^: 
^the Bureau* 

,'fionfia^htjLal Tftformant T^6 



] Pine Bluff, Arkansas,, whose identity should 
whose identity Is known^ to 



be protect ed»; 



] DouglasVille Georgia, whose identity snouxc 

Riverdale>j 



Confidential Informant T-7: 

Georgia,; who requested her identity be concealed* 

Confidential Informant T^8; [ 



]Douglasville> Georgia |, whose identity 



;Sh6uld be protected, 

REFERENCE: Atlanta letter to San Antonio^ dated July 19,^ 1951 f 
Hairana lette r to Bureau, dated J une 22j 1951*; 



Report of SA 
New Orleans I 



Louisiana, 



dated June 36> 195l> 



. 7 



FD-122 



Office Memorandum • xjnited states GbvERNMENT 



TO : Director, FBI 

SUBJECT: DONALD LEE TWEST, wa. 

SECCJEETI MTTER - C 
(Bu #100-20396) 




DATE: September 12, 19^1 

Card U.ID. 



It is recoinmehded that a Security Index Card be prepared- on the: 
above captioned individual. 

The Security Index Card on the captioned individual should be 
changed as follows: (Specify change only) 



NAME 



ALIASES 






W0^ 





mi 



0^ 



RACE 



SEX 



NATIVE BORN 



NATURALIZED 



ALIEN 



COMMUNIST 



SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY 



INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST LEAGUE 



MISCELUNEOUS (Specify), 
TAB FOR DETCO M . ■ 
DATE OF BIRTH 



; .j:-. .TAB; FOR- G0MSAR 



PLACE OF BIRTH" 



RESIDENCE ADDRES S . Don&Lasville, Georgia HFD 0h fBiDtig3:as---€knm1grr^org±a^ 

BUSINESS ADDRESS ^how na^ of employing concern and address) ! 

.~ c 'ir: 




CP 



eft 



crs 



NATURE OF INDUSTRY "OS BUSINESS (Specify from. -Strategic, and Vital Industry List) 



«4i 



0-559 
:aej 




EX. 



590CT3 ^55^ 




jETANDARD FORM^NO. 64 




\ 



/ 



TO 

FROM 
§UBJEi 

-/ 

n 



: Director, FBI 
m M^SAC, Atlanta^ 

X o 

DGNAED LEE YiES:!, was. 
iBti* #100^0396) 



/ 



• UNITED bi VJeS GOVERNMENT 



pA.TE:i§ep.tember 12> 1951 

i 



| Douglasvillej Georgia, has , 

Advised that Y/iilST is presently residing on his farm in Douglasville 
having retprned tcL-DonsILas County early in the inonth of Augusts 

According, to Mr , | | "WEST is now driTing a twp-35one brown, 

Nash> l+^dopr sedian>, late model, .bearing a Texas tag F/B 

San Antonio Diyisioh is requested to conduct apprppiiate 
investigation at Austin^^ Texas, ia order to obtain the regis- 
tration concerning^ the above tag* 



xs 



Aopording to Mr J 



1 



is- an pld time: friend of IIV 



on the tEST farm 



4nd his family ♦ 



According to| |TifEST continues to receive 

numerous letters addressed tp him at Dduglasville.,. postmarked ' 
f roiEL varipufe cities throughout the United State s«. This corres- 
pondence does not reflect the identity of the senders. 

The above is for the Bureau* s information. There xs rio, 
indication that ^ST is presently active in CommurrLst Party 
affairs ixi the Gity of Atlanta* 



100^5^9 
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wmim IS 

ccr Sari Antonio (100-7986) 




CONTAINED 
SfFtED 

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^ A: 




Form No. 1 

T^IS CASE ORIGINATED AT ATLANTA 



E0ERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 

FIUE NO, 100-7192 



kERORT MADE AT 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 


DATE-WHEN 
MADE 

9/10/51 


PEjRIOb FOR WHICH MADE 

. 8/30/51 


REPORT MADfe' BY 


.b6 

JJDxEK :b7c 


TITLB 

DOIJALD LEE "^VEST,- was,. 


CHARACTER OF CASE 

SECU-RITY MTTER - C ^ ; 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 



Subject resigned pQsitlQn at Home Missions GoTincil 
of Nor^ii Amepica> Olaip'ago,, effective 9/l/5l. 
Last imoWn addre'^s to, Tae iRou-te #i|.>. Douglasviile, 
Georgia. . — . . 



ALL INFOR 

^"^'HERaNfSUNCLAOTO 



^^ gjHIg^QOr. ILLINOIS f)ft|g ^^PA 

Confideiatial Informant T^l, of kftown reliabili'ty, advisad on* 
August 30;, i9'5l tliat -he Jaad learned from, aaa employee of the 
Home Missions Council of North Amie^ic-a,, 12? North Dearborn, 
Chicago j whose name he did not know,, that TffiST had resigned 
from instant organization effective September '1, I95I and 
that the last known address- of VJEST is Route Bouglasville, 
Georgia. 

> • 

The source stated that, at this, time they did not know definitely 

whether l-IES*! had obtained other employment but believed that 
he had not. 

The source further added that IffiST has hot been in Chicago 
siiice November of •"^■^'^ 



^) EEjPERRED TIPON eOMPLETiON TO THE OWICE OF ORIGIN 



APPROVED AND 
FORWARDED:/. 



1, /) \Q>i<n^ 



' SPECIAUrAGENT' 

INxCHARGE 




aCOPIES OF THIS REPO^^t / 
_ UREATJ (100-20396) 
5' ATLANTA ( 100-599 ) 
2^%ICAG0 • //j 



DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES 




\ 



^,fR0PERT/0F FSi^t^VcONFIDENTIAL REPORT AND ITS CONTENTS ARE LpANED TO YOU BY THE FBI AND ARE NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED OUTSIDE OF 
lAQENC^^pWftjP'P'A^ t 

''f \J\^ I *i V llJ^'H U S.XOVtRHHEHrPRlHTlHC OFFICE 16—59255-1 



CG 100-7192 

ADMINISTRATIVE i?AGK 
IDEHTX-TY OP. IITFOBI'IAWT. g 
T-1 



be 

Is a pretext telephoiie call to unidentified b7c 
employee of tiie Home Mssloaa •nrt.nnfin r».f Ta-v->r.'hv. 
Ameri6a, GEntral 6-116^ by SA 



REFERENCE.: 



Report of SA 
at Atlanta. 



d^ted 8/21/^1 



- 2 - 



^ASSIFICATION AUTHORITY DERIVED F 
AUTOIIATIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE' 
DATE 06-15-2010 



FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



This case originated at 



ATLANTA 





REPORT MADE AT 



S:m AWTONIO,, TEXAS 



DATE WHEN 
MADE 



^ODFOR WHICH M 

2/20p7i9;, 



4/13 



lD/1 



51^ 



DO'NALD' LEE ^EST^ was.. 



RQ^ORT MADE BY 



DNB 



CHARACTER OF CASE 



SECURITY MTTER. - C 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 



hlC 



Subject edntlnued to rss ld.e .at "llO Vfest Cypress 
St.^>;. S an Antonio Texas-, I I- ' / 

I nntil abpiit if/i2,5/5i.- Inforpiahts advised J //■ 
WEST 1H&S in Okiahoma Giit;y .in FBbrvi.a3^y4, l;951|[''in/' 



Hammond j La. , May,- 1951; ■'In Camp Warren, Mlnn^., 
■June , 19-$3*F^and' last ^mim^ to- be,. - in Georgia* 
WSST^s latent book; of poSras is entitled ^'The 
■Road as eoffky". Le ?v£l4--bk- coiitserning this book 



vf.Qte dls tr.i,bu 



[ 



_1 and. 
Dnip. |_ 



■bu ted 



M. 



Ahtonlpx. , 

is listed as L 



"|o^ ;CP in San 



CP. member in San Antonio, grS, 



DETAILS-: 
AT SAN ANMI.O.-TEXAS ; 



is Rocky Publishing Committee"-? 

/ ^ e •£> n - RUC Keason-; 

tr/^W^/ Bato" 



Tof" "The Road 





MCohfidBritial Informant San AntonioY^l.-. -known Ve-^abiiityj 
advis^that he det ermined that I \ arid DON -WES T who 

]at ilO West cypress- StreSt,. Sah Antonio., 



Texas, r.eturned to .San^Anton-^ from Oklahoma City pre the .evrening 
of February T^^^. IQ'^T... FSA T^l7 Iffarned that ■ wheh in Oklahoma |^ ^6 
CI tY ' WEST and I I p f th.e "Farmers' Union- :b7c 

of Amfef ica" at which WlilB-T 'iiaiked. WEST st:^t.e..d that it was 
brought .ptit at the above me.etiag that there 'Were 150,000- members 
■of -the Farmers'- Union in. the State- of' -Oklahoma.,,, whereas there 



APPROVED AND 
FORWARD] 



J»EpIAt. AGENT 
V CHARGE 



_ 'copies DERTROVV.n t/^rMj^/ ^ L 'OGTgg-jgsi 
i^rfureau (100*20396) ' ' ' 
3 ^Atlanta ■.(100-559) 
'2-H'6ust6n 

.2-San .Antonio .(100^79^6) ^ 



DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES 




57N0fl6J951 



U. S. GOVERKHEHT PCItlTIKG OFFICE X&~3903&>1 



sieppr m 



SA lOOi.? 



i 



were only 37 > 000 in Texas i 




A T-1 also advise^J^teat WEST is alleged to have made a stat^njent 
similar to the following: "I am not like some 'of th^se pidibals. 
I belie-ve in God," ' WEST , also indicated that he planned to. be 
in San Antonio for about t-KreS WQ^ks and he indie ajted Ithat he 
had a plan or idea of starting- a "mass circulation" magazine 
like, tlie: "New Republic" which WEST ^t^-te'd WjXald cost. .^2,000 to 
;|2, 500 to publish the first issue;. - 



be 

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El March 19., 1951,,.^$fL 
rarily residing #3ftH|^ 




WEST was s.till tempo - 
but was but of the City 



of San Antonio .at that, ^fcim^^ -^ri a i*$§Qture tpur" and WEST'S itinerary 
was not known at that time. 



On April 10, 1951, .SA ..MILfiS L. JOHNSEN' observed a Qhevrolet pbupe 
■bearing 1951 Xli.i-noi5 license Number 1-337-726 parked in the. 
driv.e«fay at 110-, West C.yprSss Street ,. San Antonio, ' Texas i The 
Secretary of State (Illinois)., Springfield, IllinoivS,, advised 
that 1951 Illinois license Number .1-337-726 was issued to Home 
Missions Council of Ncrth America,. 127 North Dearbbrn Street,. 
Chicago j Illinois, . . ' ' 

It has- previously been reported that DON WEST was. Employed' by 
t'Ls Home Missions Council of North > America. 




En April .25, 1951, SA T^l advised|5^t^lat he learned that DON WEST 
•was leaving Sah Antonio, Texas, on that date but his destination- 
or itinerary was not known. 

Confidential -Informant San Antonio T-2,, of known-i rpl rahtl ,i tv .. 

advised oh May I,. 1951, that he had learned frbifcl [that 

DON WEST was In : Hammond ,, Louisia.ha, for the p.urpose^ <:?f -.wofki^n 
among the strawberry pickers in the Hammond, Louis.iaija- ^i'.ea. 

fn May 31, 1951, Confident al Informant San Aritonio 7^3. t: of. 
hown reliability, aHvi feP^ that ahmVf. two mnnt.ha prior t0 Maj 
31, 1951^ he was in the h'^e of I I and I I IIQ. West 



Cypress Street, S an Antonio. Texas, and was intro.dubed to DOW 
WEST who was phanl 
he was in thef 



home f 



He stated that while 



gave hi|n spine liiterature 



whirch he believed to be Communistic and thbUj^t possibly .some of 
the literature was "The Daily Worker'^ but he did riot retain 
the literature and was not certain of the exact titles. 

"The Daily Workei*" is a well-kn6wn Communist newspaper p.ublished 
in New Tork City.i, - 



fro mi 



.T i^nft n ■ iQ'^T-^ j SA T-1 advisejCthat he had recently leariied 
that DON WEST ^as located, near Camp Warren, 



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'Minnesota;, "where he^ is agita"@^] 




the migratory workers.'^ 



The; May,. 1951 edition of "The Last Call" published aji , 1710 ^c)lk 
Avenue^ Houston, Texas, contained an adyertis;^meinit en^^ 
"The- Road is* Roeky"' whic=h seated' "^Seg paige 11 for , in form ti on • 
concerning- DON WEST'?s forth coming.* hook of new-Soliecti^ 
marvelous verse,,^ . - ' ■ 

^DON VffiST is known" to millions, in America for ■ his poetry- full of 
heartnfelt warmth and Ibye for the people and as .Associate „ Edi^^^^ 
of *The Southern Farmer^ for his excellent, features; and cpliimhs 
dealing with the problems .of South ei*n farm "fplk*"' 

The advertisement on page 11 of the same pubiioatioQ explains 
this book and states in par^t,: "DON VffiST has na thpught of 
financial gain 'for himself' and- oUr Gommitt^e:^ in: tu;r%. is; arixipua 
to get the book to^ the. public at the lowest ppssible Qp:at» 

"We plan a first edition of ,5,000 'copies • We, &l'r':eady haw prderS; 
for rlearly 2,000> Retail prices of the popular edit ipn^^^ 
and |2>$a for the Clothboundv . ' 

"Please send in. your orders- at once, and cohta^ct: your friends,, 
your< uhi6n,,^ your church^,, ciiibs,^ g.tc* for orders. This book -shb,ul< 
be in* the hands of eyei^-Kp'f^ and ever;^ American, who beljiieTes^ 
in building a better landi (Our. first order came: fnom Local. 
Number 72; B.^F^AU^^^- for a .cbpiy'' f or- ea-ah^of its' iheBibe^?.sTi^'' v 

The, bpt:tc>m of the^ advertisement was a coupph tO; bej /mailed in tp 
obtain the publication:, "The Road Is- Rocky^^ and stated ifi part: 

"Mail td Mrsrv HARR^' -KO^ SecrBtary-Treasiarer^, Th6. Jpa4 i's, 
Rpcky' Pubiishihg^pmm^^ 110 West Cypress' Stre,e1i-^^ S^n; .%'tpnio^ 



Texas,." 




Referral /Consult 



edition of "The Daily ¥pr,key"' as;_aumember^, of the- S^att Oplnmittee 
of the jCormnun^^ .San Aritpnio, ' Texas> 




The; D,P»0»W-.A4 is the'?B|stribut Prpoessing and (Qffice: Wprke'rS: 
of America ♦" 



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Ga T'^i advis^ 
"htoniq , Texa^ v 




DrPvO#:WfA*- in San 




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KAEpnfidential Informant, S.an. Xn^^iBl3a^5, of knovm reliability,,, 
n»/advise^that the June j 1951 ddition of "The Jiast Gall" published 
at 1710 Polk Avenue-, H&uston.,, Jexas, contained an~advertisement' 
soliciting; ..sales of the ^publ-i-catjion eht.it.led, "The R6ad is , - 
Ib^ijfejtl.*' ~W DON liEST* This, issue also -contained an article by , ■ 
J«.wherein' DON WBS-,T ''s ph6,t6gi*^ph ;.was--s0t,- piat and SMITH 
^DON VJE.S.T' a boojc "The Road. .1^ Hp cky"' -wherein he s;tat.es in 

I 

"DON rWEST is more than a poet, more than a writer" whes.e works 
get nice distribution,* ■ He is also a. Veteran fighter in the 
' ranks .of the people iCor the rights of man,, For many" years he 
'has been, the ones: cl^ar, steady, courageous and hopeful voice' . 
raised in -th^ de0p south in behalf of the cpmmcJh pepplei, Negro 
arid whit^i" 

IJa T^r5 advis^d^tJiat copies of "The Last Call" are I'.eceived by 
soine of the. Communist Party members and Communist Party sympathizers 
in the Sari Antpnio ' ar ea . , n 

■Cpn^ide,htiai Iriformant San Antonio T-6, of known r e l i ahi 1 i t.v 
flHvi.ciPri t.baih. Vip, nhf.^ TriPd a mimepgraphgd letter from.l_ 



1 



_of the Committee to Publish "The Road is 

Kbpky"., This, letter gives the address of .110 West Cypress Street,, 
Sari Antonio,, Texaisj, arid the mimeographed letter is. addressed ais 



follows r 



"Dear Friend: . - 

"Abput D.ON ¥EST»s :new book. DON V^EST,, America's .fQ?\§jii(?st. poet ' 
of the people has tiirned his ihewest collection of poems, 'The 
Road is Rocky', over^ to a glr.oup pf his friends fpr'.publicatiori." 



The mimeographed , letters^ after praising other work's of WEST'S, . 
-r3 rf quests that "subscriptions to the bbok be made-- ^1*00 for the 
(^popular e(^itipn or .-^2*50 for the clothbound editipn. Special i^s^ 
. ^ pre-publica't ion. prices are giveii for lots pf 25 pr mpre, J 

The above informant also obtained a foiir-page' flyer containing 
Selections frorii DON WEST'S latest collection of poems ^whifih was 
also i ssued by the. above Cpmmitteie and indicates that 
is the person to writ© in or.dering this bciok, 

SA T-6 advised he obtained . the 'mimeographed letter and- flyer 
>ref erred to aboVe at the -Mederh.Book Store, Chicagei, lllind.isrj. 
ion June 19 j 19531. SA T-6 advised' that 'the Mbderh Book St.o!^e-, 
I is the principal outlet of the ,'Gon«iunist Party for Conpuhistlc^ 
Ipfpp'aganda in the Chicago area.Yg^C 



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Confidential Informant 
advisftd that ,on t.bp 




1wi t.h 



San AntonitOT'f-y.^ /Qf known reli 
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r ei i-aliiliiiiCi- 



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San Antoh.iip,.j.' TexsL's..- Duritirg: the: 'jconyersation . witto 




•cnree, copies or "The BsSIy^ Workeip.?' .aated; JiOi-y- i^.j. lig^v iarid August. 
10., i9$i., and also a dogy of >'"P6liti-6,4l; -Af f 
edition which pubiica'tiion: ihdicat'ed: on, the' f rpht ci^y^r that it> 
was a review of the Commuhist Party National Convention held in 
New York. City,, December 2^-3l, 1950*(^^ 

"Political Affair s^r Was identified by th^ Congressional GCImmittee 
on un-Aiierican Activities, in ■Report Number 1920, 5/11/4^ as "an- 
■pfficial Communist Party mbhthly %h^!or'etic^i organ.,"^ 

At the same tim;e INMAN gave SA T-^.^TStk above .Commxjjftist literature 
"^e gave h^a two-page, leaflet enlSftled, nA.F.ew SeliSictibns froia 
DON ^/^ST'TXatest Coliectibn. of Poem^" used by: 'the Gpmmittee to 
publish "The Road- is RQck'y^',. The last paragraph of this leaflet 
stated, '^Give your pre-publication or.der.s to Represent atiye here 
or' mritejto GRACE KOGER,, 110 West C,ypress Street, Sah^ Antonio,. 
Te^as.; yPopular edition ,. .fl.O'O - clothbouiijd': 42...50 (^p^ci^l rate .foi? 
ord.ersyof 25 boQks or more, to uniori.^^^^ churchds.,, clubs, '.ft Civ) ," ^ 

-jom 

Texas, for a, number of 
San Antonid. Ts^S and T-. 



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'NMAN .has been ^ leader in the: . GommuM st Partx. i^' San Antphio, 
" ' " - - - - -ears according to^^c^tTdei^kl Informants 




>oth Of known reliabii-it 

\Sk T-1 advisedPhfe deter mfned that the two-page leiaflety '^A Fej? 
jeiections from DON.WESTrs Latest Collection, of Ppema Issjiejd' by tU© 
Committed to Publish tThe Road is Rocky?" referred to ^bp.ye-w§r.e 
pr.in.ted; by the Carletoh Prihtirtg Company,. Ill North Street., San 
Antonio, Texasj. " The r.^obrds of" the: SSh Antonio Retail Merphantsf - 
Association reflect ^-t-jHaf. .f.hc, naT-lPton- Print. Ih g Coiiibahv^. ill North. 



Street.j San Antonio 



X 



■by- 



San Antonio Confidential I4fp:riiiaht, T-rlQ. 
is -now dieceased, advised iii, 194.2 th.at.L 



of known. i-eliabilitVy who 

J.B -IIUW U*3UBetocu, c*(av,j.p<3U J.J.1. uiitau, i ^ , i 1 1 Wfl i Sr . 

believed by t.V.A .Tnf nV'man.t. f.nM .a Rnmmvirii.st -and.-thatL I'was . 

a friend- of 



fl,T^^ nt.bftr r.nnitTiT] n¥sf;s. khdWp tlie lilfori 



[ 



ififormant also, advised that 



told .him that 



[ 



all 



rthe' 'C'dimauhi^ Party ie. ar.l;etS; ror the 'Pf^rt.Yr," and whftn l 

ipni6,,L 



Jiil- San ■Ahtp h 




and 



Communist. Part 
jjA fr4.' advised] that h e 



\tnl6. t he Informa nt that' th^y could get |5 .00. for tl^t 



any 'Mm e^ they asked for .11^ 



ahd[ 



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San Aiitonip^ T$xas, about September :20^, ;l9'5:ly 



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and diirinig the visit I H told the" infor'marit. .about, a •iioo.k^ . 

of pQems: entitled, "iJIoHsTp^ Earth?' by DON WEST ahd 's.t;ated 

that she' was selling /it' in the- S.^. Ant.Qnio ai?:fai,- 



:'om 



_^ that, DON WEST was tnlii residing; (3h.his' farm ,a'- 

short distance from Atiaiittj, 06G3::giaL., and- thdit 'WEi3T..wa3 going- to. 
write for the; publicati'Q'fi'j; '^Thi Southern Farmer" at his hom'e»i< " 



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- REFERRED UPON CMPLETION' TO TOE OFFIGE GF ORlGm 



SA 100-79^6 

^^^^"^ ADMINISTRATIVE PAGE 

Identity of -Irif barrriants 




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3an Antonio, Texas, who 



furnished information to SA MILES L. JOHNSSN and whb requested .that' 
his' identity not be reveal ed^ ^ . ■ v 



Conf idential Informant San Antonio T-2 is Security Informant] 

Iwho furnished Information to Sa MILES L. JOHNSEN ?ind whose 



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identity is known to the Bureau. 



who 



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furnished information to SA MILES L. JOHNSEN and who reauested 
that his identity not be revealed. ' Referrai/consuit 




Conf idential Informant San Antonio Tr5 is Security Informant I I 
I who- furnished information to SA MILES L. JOHNSEN, 



Confi dftntiai Informant San Antonio T*> ^6 is Sftniiritv Inf p rmant I I 

(Chicago 



who furnished information to SA 



letter to San Antonio dated August 2 1 ay 5x1 • 

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Confidential Informant San Antoni o T-7 i5 , , 

I ~l San Anto,ni6^ Texas, who' furnished 

information to SA MILES L.^ JOHNSEN ^ and who requested that his 
identity not be revealed. 



Umlidehtial Informant San Antonio T-j^ i .s Sfimiri tv Infomant 
^who furnished information to SA 



nnn fidftn tial Informant San Antonio T-9 is Sg^Guritv Inform ant ^ 



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who* furnished information to SA 



Confidp ntial Informant San Antonio T-IO is Security informant 



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By letter dated September 12, 1'951^, the Atlanta office advised 
WEST was residing on his farm in Douglasville y Georgia*. 



It is noted that, the report of SA I 1 /New Orleansibe 

La. dated 6/3O/5I reflepte that investigation was conducted with b7c 
negative results concerning subject ^s being in the Hajip^'hd, La^- 
area* 



SA^ 10p«79.g6" 




No leads are :being set oulT'"!^ ,Qkl-ahp.ma City and. Minneapolis 
Divisions as it is being left tdV^hf'^;aa5|retion of the Office of 
Origin -to request investigation -li^n ^tb"Q^^§ ,]^p if such 

investigation i& deemed pertinent* ^ \ * 

The Houston Division advised San Antonio bv letter dat ed Mav 29 
1Q51. th^t ^^Thft L^st n^r 



of 



^ i s^^ 

Houston, 

ramiliar with .Com munist Party aff airs^ in 



Texas . The letter pointed out 



that inrormants who are rami liar witn .uom 

the Houston area have stated that. [ was very active within, 

the Progr essive P arty dn-r-incr 1 Qj..A\:^nn .pnr>l v mnnhhfi of 1949 > arid 



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described[ 



]as an 



. _who has been sympathetic 

to the Communist Party but has never been a member of t,he Communist 
Party, 

ThR 1 fitter fipther pointed -out that during 1950^ 

I and other members of the Communist rar-p y vmo wer"5" 

quit$ active -at^ that time in the Hous ton .are a resided 
located atJ 



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The letter also pointed out that the Houston office has received 
several complaints concerning the above pubiication and the^ type of 
material that is- contained therein.. The" Hous ton "letter also pointed 



out that DON WEST was in Houston dijring March,, 



time in the compar 
is considered the 



V n-P anrl at. -h.Vii 



residence .of 



q^T , find 



ent his ^6 

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of the Communist Party in Texas, 



It is noted that numerous poems by DON vvEST have been p.ttblished 
in "The Last Call"., It is, suggested that , the -Houston Division 
submit a report in instant case attributing informatio. n concerning 
"The .Last Call" and its publisher and DON WEST to appropriate 
informants, . . 

No effort will ^be made to obtain a copy of subject*^ s boolCc, "The . 
Road is. Rocky" unless , specif ically requested by the .Office of Origin, 



REFERENCE t 



he 



Report of SA MILES L,- JOHNSEN datfed 2/19/51 at 'San b7c 
Antonio-^. 



Report of SA 
Atlanta, 



dated S/21/51 at 



^ office Memm 





DIRECTOR, FBI (100-20396) 

.G, ATIJINTA (100-559) 
O 

DONALD lEE IIVEST, was. 
SEOURITT MATTER - C 



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lD-122 



UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 

DATE: December 5, 1951 

CardU.T.D. 



NAME 



It is recommended that a Security Index Card be prepared on thft 
above captioned individual. 

The Security Index Card on the captioned individual^ sho 
changed as follows; (Specify change only) 



1^ 




ALIASES 



RACE 



SEX • 



NATIVE BORN 



NATURALIZED 



ALIEN 



COM-IONIST 



SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY 



INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST LEAGUE 



MISCELLANEOUS ( Specify )_ 

TAB FOR DETCOM ._ 

DATE OF BIRTH 



TAB FOR COMSAB_ 
PLACE OF BIRTH 



RESIDENCE ADDRESS 



BUSINESS ADDRESS (Show name of enrployLng isoneern and address)i. 

Self-eniployed ~ Farmer and writer 



NATURE OF INDUSTRY OR BUSINESS (Specify from Strategic and Vital -Industry List) 



CDM: 



REGOROEO - 





.Dlg^SSIFICATIOM AUTHORITY i'-E RIVED FRO: 
:FBJ^rMrT02IATIC DECLASSIFICATIOH GUIDE X 
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FEDERAL l^iUREAU OF 



Formisro. 1 

THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT ATlANIft 



REPORT MADE AT 

HOUSTON,. TEXAS 


DATE WHEN 
MADE, 

12/4/51' 


PERIOD FOR WHICH^ MADE 

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REPORT MADE" BY 

.MTON pift SASSO. . , ' :iHP ; 


TITLE : ' " , 

DONALD LEE iiiBSTi was. 

"y— - : . . . 


CHARACTER OF CASE 

SEGURITi MATTER * C ,. 



SrOPSIS OF FACTS: 



nyhft T^Pih nalin ig- a 'mohthly publipaiigd! 

at Houston,. Te^saatJ 



/described by inforiiahts as an 



has ,beer 



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has been syxapathetic with the GPlbut has; never been a 
Party membe^^e is also described as being weccenti'xc 
old inan*w iTccprdiag to inforjiianta, this publication 
follows no definite political theory, philosophy, or 
teatchinga^ although the author has printed seyer^ 
po|pa&tak^n tvm books written by DON IfjEST, ^ch 
rC^feinin^stic* 



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ilLS: 



"The Last rflrtll^.is a monthly p^ibll fiati oTil 



AT HQgSTOM. WJCS 



liikio resides at 



Hdustoh. 



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According to/jttpnfidential Infdiinants Tr*l, and T-^j^ b ^M 
of known reliability and who are fandiiai^wxth Cosmui^t 
Party affairs in', the Houston area, |_ 
within the Progressive Party during 
of iS^49* These ariforiflants described 

]who has been sympathetic with the Comaun- 



and eari^ 




las azi 





list Party^i3-fa hafi- never bem a member of thfe E^t3^3j[^^ 
s; further described as an negcentric old mah« 

located at the albove 



whb h€lS: 
adch:*ess» 



VA§DED^ C^. ^ ..r^^^fi^y^^^y^^^f^ 



COPY -IN 

ASENa^fjO WHICH LOANED. 



DO;NOT WRITE IN THESE'SPACES 



I 




ITS ef^TFNTS ARE LOANED' TO VOU BY jft^^-^vl^b^^^ N^^ OUTSIDE OF 



RECORDED • 26 



mDEXED-26 



If ISR 1952 ■ SEC0i1tiriai»- CiMEif i 



HO. 

100-0559 



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^formahts t-1 and Tr-2 advisedjthe' Progressive jarty^in Houston, 
Texas was^nt^ed and dominated by tjiiuxiist Party members during 1948.^ 

Informants advised that this ^IcatiPA, S^:^^^^*** 
hot appear to adhere to any definite political thep^r, w 
teac^s. It was pointed put at. tdmes tHis publication follow^ sQm| 
6nSl^ima2srPa&>y lines aixd alsQ condemns various .rpligicm?^ sects. 
It Sher^tmes^ this publication praises religion and its benefits- to man- 
It has been noted that in the past this publication has, ^carried 
poems >4iich were written^ by D^pi, sut(dect .of instant case,, vdio- has. 
been reported to be ssrapatheiictd the Qtommunist cause. 



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- ADMNISTRAT ME, PAGE - 



report of Sk\ I'^si^^lNs*^"''^?*^ ^ ' -.-.^ 

the May 1951 issue of **The Last Cam»'^asnSdvertisepent appeared proniotang 
the sale of WBST»e .b,ook "The Road is EociQr.:" 

$0 date, this office has been unable to ascertain' through 
ihforiiiants ahd otTier available sources wfaet hpr ftr no t this was paid 
advertisement or liftiether it i^s prompted ,by| pf his am acqoi?d. 



,bWt itteAtiph was m^de ih the 
San Jtotonio, Texas that 



- CONFIPENTBI. BJFOHMftNTS ^ 



confidential Infomant T^l 
Confidehtial Informant $-2 




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- BEEEBENCSE ^ 



fiepprt of SA 
Texas. 



dated 10-18-51 at San Mtonid, 



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